Darrell Bryant Killed in Crash with Suspected Drunk Driver on Sam Rayburn Tollway in Allen, TX
Allen, TX — September 11, 2022, 61-year-old Darrell Bryant died in a crash with a suspected DWI driver on Sam Rayburn Tollway in Allen.
Authorities say the incident happened around midnight on the tollway near mile marker 1010. Preliminary investigation suggests a Honda Civic was headed northeast in lane 4 of the tollway some distance behind Bryant on a Kawasaki motorcycle. Reports say the Honda driver, believed to be intoxicated, failed to control speed and crashed into the back of the motorcycle.
Bryant was ejected during the collision, hit the hood of the Honda, then rolled off onto the shoulder of the tollway. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators collected blood samples from the Honda driver as part of a DWI investigation.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Darrell Bryant Accident in Allen
If blood tests confirm alcohol was involved here as police believe, some may think that just means the alleged drunk driver will be charged accordingly. Naturally that part's important, since people willing to put themselves and others at risk that way should face proper consequences.
However, there may be more to the story. For instance, evidence that intoxication was a factor could mean there's someone else to hold accountable for the terrible and irreversible damage done. Under Texas dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries they cause while under the influence.
Anyone hurt in or by one of these accidents, whether an innocent person hit by a drunk driver or a grieving family who lost a loved one to such a crash, deserves all the help they can get with the difficult road ahead. A dram shop claim against a negligent bar or other alcohol vendor is one way to seek that help. Furthermore, it makes sure the offending business faces consequences for endangering its customers and the public with illegal over-service.
Unfortunately, despite how important it is to find and stop bad bars police don't spend much time on dram violations. If an alcohol vendor may have contributed to the Allen crash then it may be better to seek proof of that independently. With the right help and evidence, many folks have held bad alcohol providers accountable for the terrible damage they helped cause.