Six Injured, Prentiss Phillips Arrested in Crash near 29th and Briarcrest in Bryan, TX
Bryan, TX — September 29, 2022, six people were hospitalized after a three-vehicle crash caused by an alleged DWI driver in Bryan.
Authorities say the incident began around 8:30 p.m. when they were alerted to a reckless driver. A county deputy attempted to pull over the reported driver near FM 1179 and Coyote Run, but he allegedly drove away without stopping. Reports say shortly afterward he caused a three-vehicle collision near Briarcrest Drive and 29th Street.
A total of six people involved in the wreck were taken to an area hospital. It's unclear whether the at-fault driver, later identified as Prentiss Phillips, was one of the six victims. Phillips was reportedly charged with DWI and evading arrest. Further charges may be pending.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Prentiss Phillips Accident in Bryan
If clear evidence confirms police suspicions that the at-fault driver was intoxicated then he may have some serious legal consequences coming for his actions that night. Drunk driving puts people at risk and it's only right that those who do so pay a price; however, I'd argue that everyone responsible for the crash that hurt six people should also be held accountable. That's why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries he causes or suffers while under the influence. It lets DWI accident victims seek much-needed help with their recovery and also makes sure law-breaking business learn a harsh lesson about getting their priorities in order.
Will police consider whether a local watering hole had a hand in that driver's poor choices and the damage he did? Unfortunately, I doubt it. They tend to get preoccupied with just the DWI drivers themselves and rarely chase down the source of the alcohol. If a dram shop violation might have occurred, the crash victims may be better off having independent experts look into that.