Karrie Shugart, Jonathan Rios Injured in Crash on FM 1097 in Montgomery County, TX
Montgomery County, TX — September 4, 2022, Karrie Shugart and Jonathan Rios were injured in a traffic accident on FM 1097 in Montgomery County.
Preliminary details indicate the incident happened around 9:45 p.m. along FM 1097 near Cude Cemetery Road. Investigators believe Rios was driving a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup east on the roadway when he allegedly crossed partway into the westbound lanes and hit Shugart's Ford F-150 pickup at an offset. The trucks spun opposite directions away from the impact site and came to rest.
Shugart and Rios both suffered serious injuries in the collision. Police indicated intoxication may have been a factor.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Shugart/Rios Accident in Montgomery County
Police think someone may have been drinking before the accident, but there's a lot of reasons a crash like this could happen. Unless the blood work authorities subpoenaed confirms their suspicions and shows objective evidence of intoxication, it's best not to jump to conclusions and instead consider all the other possible causes. Anything from bad roads to vehicle failures to even a badly-timed sneeze could have contributed to the Dodge going left of center, so nothing should be prematurely decided on just the few preliminary details in reports.
Even if evidence proves police right about alcohol, things may be a little more complex than they seem due to the possible applications of dram shop law. If a bar or other business over-served the suspected DWI driver, that business may be partly responsible for the damage both people suffered in the collision.
Altogether this accident like most deserves careful investigation and an open mind. It may be tempting to start pointing fingers as soon as alcohol gets mentioned, but to make sure the victims get the help they need first the whole truth, supported by evidence, must be learned. Will police take the time and care to do so?