• October 20, 2022

Ernest Lee Hicks Jr. Killed, Krystal Michele Harrelson Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on FM 565 in Chambers County, TX

UPDATE (October 21, 2022): Officials identified the man killed in the crash as 38-year-old Ernest Lee Hicks Jr. The person injured in the crash was said to be 33-year-old Krystal Michele Harrelson.

Chambers County, TX -- October 2, 2022, a Baytown man was killed and one person was injured after an accident where their car crashed.

Investigators said that the incident happened at around 12:10 a.m. along FM 565 near Highway 99. It appears that a pickup was traveling westbound on FM 565 when it somehow lost control, then overturned off-road.

Due to the crash, the driver of the vehicle, a 38-year-old Baytown man, sustained fatal injuries. The passenger was said to have non-incapacitating injuries. At this time, authorities suggest alcohol could be a factor, but this has not yet been confirmed.

Commentary on Ernest Hicks Jr., Krystal Harrelson Single-Vehicle Accident in Chambers County

Anytime authorities mention alcohol, something to consider is if the victims were coming from a local bar. In Texas, bars and other businesses can be liable under dram shop law if they illegally over-serve someone who's obviously intoxicated, and that causes them to harm themselves or others.

Not only can this be significant help for the victims and families, it can also get businesses to clean up their act before more people get hurt. With that said, though, more thorough investigations could show there were other factors involved here. It's important the details are in the hands of professionals who understand all of these possibilities and how to get all the facts.

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