• September 30, 2022

Chase Boening Injured in Crash with Alleged DWI Driver on FM 466 in Seguin, TX

Seguin, TX — September 16, 2022, 21-year-old Chase Boening was injured in a traffic accident on Farm to Market Road 466 in Seguin.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:25 p.m. on FM 466 near Joe Carillo Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests a GMC Terrain SUV was traveling south on the roadway as Boening was northbound on the other side in a GMC Sierra pickup.

Boening and a witness later told investigators the Terrain swerved left of center and crashed into the pickup head-on; the southbound driver told police he looked down at his phone briefly and "the next thing he knew" the crash occurred.

Boening and the SUV driver both suffered serious injuries. Investigators suspected the crossover driver was intoxicated and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Chase Boening Accident in Seguin

If blood tests confirm that the crossover driver was impaired as police suspect, that may mean he'll face some consequences for his poor choices that evening. Drunk driving is a serious problem on Texas roads and it's only right that the people who do so face repercussions, but before anyone decides that's the end of the matter there may be other things to consider.

For instance, it's important to look at ways both injured men might get some help with getting back on their feet. Any DWI crash victim, even a suspected drunk driver, deserves assistance recovering from their injuries. Why the drunk driver as well? Because the law may not consider him the only one responsible for what happened. That's why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.

Chase Boening Injured in Auto Accident on FM 466 in Seguin, TX

If a local bar or other alcohol vendor illegally over-served the crossover driver before the crash, that business might be liable for the injuries he and the other victim suffered under dram shop law. It would then have a duty to help both men with the difficult road to recovery.

Only blood test results could say what role alcohol played in this crash; they might even come back negative and the whole thing really was a simple matter of watching a phone instead of the road. However, if it turns out the injured suspect was drunk then it'd be a good idea to find out where he drank and how much. Unfortunately, police rarely look into those important details. If an accident like this isn't followed up on by experienced independent investigators, there's no telling if the whole truth will be uncovered or if the victims will get the help they deserve.

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