Samuel Nunn, Jonathan Rodriguez, 2 Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash on TX-205 in Collin County
Collin County, TX — September 20, 2022, Samuel Nunn, Jonathan Rodriguez, and others were injured in a multi-vehicle crash on State Highway 205 in Collin County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:55 p.m. on Highway 205 near County Road 746. Preliminary investigation suggests a Hyundai Elantra was headed south on the highway when it reportedly crossed left of center into the northbound lanes. After entering oncoming traffic the car hit Nunn's GMC Sierra. Rodriguez' northbound Ford F-150 then rear-ended the Sierra.
A southbound Ford F-350 towing a trailer was traveling behind the Hyundai when the crash occurred. The driver swerved off the road to avoid the impact site and the F-350 rolled over in the west bar ditch.
Nunn (38), Rodriguez (33), and two people in the F-350 (38, 18) all suffered serious injuries in the wreck. The Hyundai driver and two other people in the F-350 were unhurt.
Authorities suspected the Hyundai driver of being intoxicated; blood tests reportedly showed she had an approximate BAC of .226 at the time of the crash.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Samuel Nunn, Jonathan Rodriguez Accident in Collin County
I can't say whether or not police suspicions about intoxication in this crash are true, but since blood tests seem to confirm their belief the claim should be taken seriously. The crossover driver may well face some serious legal consequences for her poor choices that day, but another party may also need to answer for the part it played.
Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries they cause or suffer while under the influence. A bar or other vendor that breaks the law by continuing to sell or serve to someone past her limits may be considered an accomplice of sorts to any damage she does afterward. Allowing the folks hurt by that negligent business to hold it accountable is one of the key aspects of dram shop law. It also helps ensure the business makes amends to the victims for the part it played in their damages.
Despite how important it obviously is to make sure a law-breaking bar is forced to stop endangering its customers and community, I've seen firsthand just how little attention that issue gets from law enforcement. Whether it's a lack of equipment, training, time, or priority causing police not to look, things like dram shop violations too often slip through the cracks. Ensuring those bad bars pay for their actions often falls to independent investigators working more directly on the victims' behalf.
Maybe no dram violations even happened here, but it's important for people to know their rights--and what to look for--after such an accident harms them. Will the right steps be taken here to get everyone hurt what they deserve?