• October 14, 2022

Samantha Hennigan Injured in Auto Accident off Beltway 8 in Pasadena, TX

Pasadena, TX — September 27, 2022, 33-year-old Samantha Hennigan was seriously injured in a traffic accident off Beltway 8 in Harris County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:35 a.m. on the Beltway frontage road at Red Bluff Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Hennigan was driving a Chevrolet Equinox southeast on Red Bluff when she allegedly ran a red light at the Beltway intersection. While continuing south she crashed with a Nissan Altima headed northeast on the frontage road.

Hennigan suffered serious injuries in the collision. The Nissan driver reportedly sustained minor injuries.

Investigators noted a suspicion that Hennigan was under the influence of alcohol and a plan to subpoena her hospital treatment records as part of a DWI investigation.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Samantha Hennigan Accident in Pasadena

It's troubling any time authorities bring up alcohol as a possible factor in a wreck. If its use is confirmed then some legal consequences may follow, but I'm not here to speculate about that or wag a judgmental finger. My goal is and always has been to look at ways to get the people injured in accidents--even those who may have caused them--the help they need.

For instance, one resource that's often helpful to DWI crash victims is dram shop law, which says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication--even to the DWI driver herself. It's quite literally illegal for bars and other businesses to serve drinks to people clearly beyond their limits, yet many do it all the time. Dram shop claims help the people injured by that recklessness get much-needed help with their recovery while also teaching bars and other alcohol vendors a harsh lesson about getting their priorities in order.

Samantha Hennigan Injured in Pasadena, TX Auto Accident off Beltway 8

Having said all that, though, intoxication is only a theory unless clear evidence says otherwise. Moreover, even if treatment records confirm alcohol's involvement that still doesn't mean a dram shop violation occurred. However, it's a possibility that more than merits closer investigation. If an alcohol vendor might be endangering its customers and community that's something to address and stop as soon as possible. If the investigation might also help the victim get back on her feet, that's all the more reason to get to work.

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