Crescencio Franco Injured in Auto Accident on I-45 in New Waverly, TX
New Waverly, TX — September 23, 2022, 29-year-old Crescencio Franco was seriously injured in an auto accident on Interstate 45 in Walker County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 9:00 p.m. on I-45 near mile marker 103. Preliminary investigation suggests Franco was driving a GMC Sierra pickup south on the highway when he allegedly failed to control his speed and rear-ended a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup ahead of him.
The impact pushed the Dodge into the center median; it then overturned and rolled one or more times before coming to rest on its left side. Its driver reportedly received minor injuries.
Franco ran off the right side of the road and stopped in a field; reports suggest he fled the scene despite allegedly having serious injuries, but he left his phone in the truck and officers used it to identify him.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Crescencio Franco Accident in New Waverly
Police apparently identified the driver because his family called his abandoned cell phone during the investigation. That family also apparently told investigators the man was an alcoholic, which may be why impairment was suggested as a possible factor in this crash. Considering the way it reportedly happened that doesn't seem unreasonable, but as always they'd need clear proof before theories are anything but that.
If evidence ultimately shows the driver was drunk as suspected, there may actually be another issue to investigate: Where the alcohol came from. Texas dram shop law says that any business that over-served the victim (meaning they knowingly sold or served him more alcohol despite him being obviously intoxicated) may be partly responsible for the damage he and the other driver suffered in the wreck. Not every DWI crash involves a dram violation, but it's an important and too-often ignored detail that deserves attention. If police don't plan to look into it, maybe someone else should step in and do a more comprehensive job with the investigation.