• October 19, 2022

Connie Valley Injured in Car Accident on S Collins Street in Arlington, TX

Arlington, TX — August 13, 2022, 53-year-old Connie Valley was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Collins Street in Tarrant County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 12:25 a.m. on South Collins near Endicott Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Valley was a passenger in a southbound Honda Civic. As the car went around a curve in the roadway the driver lost control; the Honda ran off the road to the west and crashed into a utility pole.

Valley suffered serious injuries in the crash. The driver received possible injuries.

Investigators suspect the driver of being intoxicated and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Connie Valley Accident in Arlington

If blood tests confirm that the car's driver was impaired as police suspect, that may mean he'll face some legal consequences for his poor choices that night. That seems only right considering the serious dangers drunk drivers pose to themselves and the public, but I'd argue that everyone involved in that DWI--including any business that supplied the driver with too much alcohol--should also be held accountable. Fortunately, Texas dram shop law can help make that happen.

Connie Valley Injured in Car Accident on S Collins Street in Arlington, TX

In a nutshell, dram shop law prohibits alcohol vendors like bars, clubs, and stores from selling or serving drinks to an obviously intoxicated person. It's illegal for them to do so and most don't, but when a bad apple over-serves their customer and someone gets hurt that business can be held liable for the damage done.

Not every DWI wreck starts with a reckless bar and over-service, but it's far more common than it ideally should be. That's why it's important to track down the alcohol's source, and yet police rarely do so. That leaves many accident victims without a powerful tool to help them recover AND allows bad bars to keep endangering people. That's clearly no good, so independent investigators often get involved to nip that behavior in the bud.

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