Earnestine Griffin Killed in Accident on US-75 Frontage Rd in Allen, TX
Allen, TX — July 24, 2022, 39-year-old pedestrian Earnestine Griffin was fatally hit by a vehicle near North Central Expressway in Allen.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:45 a.m. on the North Central (US-75) frontage road near West Stacy Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford Taurus was traveling north on the frontage road in the left lane. Ahead, Griffin was reportedly on foot in the same lane.
While passing through the area the Taurus struck Griffin. The driver told police they didn't see her before the collision; investigators noted that she was allegedly wearing dark clothing in an unlit area.
Griffin suffered fatal injuries in the accident.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Earnestine Griffin Accident in Allen
The way reports portray events it seems like the car's driver may not have been able to do much about hitting the victim. There could still be questions to address about the driver's behavior (even if the area's not lit what about headlights? How fast was the Ford traveling?), but that's really just a matter of making sure no blanks go unfilled.
Speaking of those blanks, another key detail that should be addressed is the source of the alcohol that police allegedly found in the victim's system after testing her. Why would its source matter? Well, Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol vendor who sells or serves drinks to an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries they cause or suffer while under the influence. If a bar's staff could tell the Allen victim was past her limits but gave her more anyway then the business may be liable for her tragic injuries. If so it would have a duty to make amends to her loved ones for its part in their loss.
Not every alcohol-related incident involves an illegal dram violation, but if there was one then the bar that did it should be stopped before more people are put in danger. Will someone look into that on the family's behalf and help ensure that everyone who robbed them of a loved one is held accountable?