• October 24, 2022

Rebecca Jennings Killed, Robert Stimfl Injured in Car Accident on Huffmeister Rd in Harris County, TX

Harris County, TX — September 26, 2022, Rebecca Jennings died and Robert Stimfl was injured in a car accident on Huffmeister Road in Harris County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:40 p.m. on Huffmeister at Baron Brook Way. Preliminary investigation suggests Stimfl was driving an Infiniti Q50 sedan west on Huffmeister as a Chevy Silverado was eastbound nearby on the other side.

According to reports Stimfl turned left at Baron Brook but failed to yield to the Chevy and the two collided in the eastbound roadway. After the impact the Infiniti slid diagonally and crashed into a stopped Dodge Ram 1500 nearby on northbound Baron Brook.

Jennings, 48, was fatally injured in the crash. Stimfl, 47, suffered serious injuries. Both pickup drivers received minor injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Rebecca Jennings, Robert Stimfl Accident in Harris County

Investigators alleged that blood tests showed the injured Infiniti driver had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .331, over four times the legal limit, at the time of the crash. I bring that up not to cast judgment or start some lecture about the perils of drunk driving, but confirmation that he was significantly over the legal limit for intoxication may change some aspects of the investigation. For one thing, it's important to find out where his alcohol came from that day. But why?

Alcohol-related crashes in Texas and many other states sometimes involve holding the businesses that served it responsible for the damage their intoxicated patrons cause or suffer. Under dram shop law any business that continued serving alcohol if their customer was obviously intoxicated may have a legal duty to help anyone harmed by that over-service--including the injured driver and his passenger's family.

Bringing up dram shop law is not about exploiting tragedy--it's a matter of ensuring everyone responsible for a tragedy pays for its part. Consider the serious criminal consequences drunk drivers often face when their poor choices deal out grievous harm; shouldn't the places that helped them get that way receive their own versions of equal gravity? A warning or a fine from authorities won't motivate most bad bars to change their reckless ways, so instead it often falls to the people they helped hurt to show them the importance of fixing their priorities. If a dram shop claim can help those same people get back to some version of normalcy, that's all the more reason to look into it.

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