• September 30, 2022

Bessy Chavez, Teen Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash on FM 442 in Fort Bend County, TX

Fort Bend County, TX — September 17, 2022, 27-year-old Bessy Chavez and her 19-year-old passenger were injured in a solo accident on FM 442 in Fort Bend County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 10:45 p.m. on FM 442 near Cedar Creek Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Chavez was driving a Toyota Sequoia SUV south on the roadway, allegedly at unsafe speeds, the vehicle went out of control for unconfirmed reasons. It ran off the road to the left and hit a mailbox, then crashed into a fence and tree on the edge of a property. It overturned and rolled several times before coming to rest.

The Toyota's teen passenger was ejected during the rollover; Chavez was thrown from the driver's seat to the back inside the SUV. Both suffered serious injuries.

Investigators suspected Chavez of driving under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Bessy Chavez Accident in Fort Bend County

If blood tests confirm alcohol was involved here as police think, some may think that just means the alleged drunk driver will be charged accordingly. Criminal consequences often follow DWI wrecks--rightly so considering the damage they can do--but there may be more to the story than simply punishing one person. I would argue that everyone responsible for the victims' injuries should be held accountable, and Texas dram shop law says that might include whoever sold or served the drinks that night.

Bessy Chavez, Teen Injured in Solo Accident on FM 442 in Fort Bend County, TX

Much emphasis is put on punishing drunk drivers, but what about the businesses that illegally keep serving them long after they should have been cut off and then sending them out the door to cause mayhem? Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers (bars, clubs, restaurants, stores, etc) who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries she causes--even to herself--while under the influence.

Not every drunk driving crash starts with a dram violation, but the possibility should at least be carefully investigated just in case a local business is putting everyone at risk. Despite the importance of stopping that, though, police rarely chase down the source of a driver's alcohol. Proving that people were hurt because a business played fast and loose with its drinks often requires help from independent investigators rather than expecting law enforcement to lead the charge.

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