• October 19, 2022

Linda Greenawalt Injured in Auto Accident on TX-35 in Matagorda County

Matagorda County, TX — September 3, 2022, 62-year-old Linda Greenawalt was seriously injured in a traffic accident on State Highway 35 in Matagorda County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:45 p.m. on Highway 35 near Farm to Market Road 616. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chrysler 300 sedan was traveling east on the highway in rainy conditions. As the car exited a curve it reportedly crossed left of center into the oncoming lane and approached Greenawalt's westbound Hyundai Palisade.

Greenawalt swerved to avoid a head-on crash with the sedan but the vehicles crashed at an offset. The Hyundai spun away from the impact and came to rest on the south shoulder.

Greenawalt suffered serious injuries in the wreck. The other driver reportedly received minor injuries.

Police alleged the Chrysler driver was intoxicated and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Linda Greenawalt Accident in Matagorda County

Police suspected the crossover driver in this accident was intoxicated. If the blood tests they ordered confirm their theory, that man may have some serious legal consequences coming his way. That seems only fitting considering how dangerous drunk driving really is and how much damage an intoxicated person can do behind the wheel.

Some may think there's little else to do here once the offender has his day in court, but there may be more to the story. For instance, people aren't always aware that Texas businesses who sell or serve excessive quantities of alcohol to their customers may be liable for the harm those intoxicated patrons cause afterward. That's handled by Texas dram shop law, an invaluable tool both for getting DWI crash victims much-needed help and for teaching law-breaking bars and stores a harsh lesson about getting their acts together.

Linda Greenawalt Injured in Auto Accident on TX-35 in Matagorda County

Most alcohol vendors willingly follow the rules and not all DWI crashes involve a dram violation, but if intoxication is confirmed as a factor here then finding out where it happened is an important (but too-often overlooked) step. If police aren't interested in potentially stopping a bar from doing more harm, maybe someone else should step in on the victim's behalf.

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