Matthew Salinas Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on Wilson Creek Parkway in McKinney, TX
McKinney, TX — October 7, 2022, 25-year-old Matthew Salinas was injured in a single-vehicle accident on Wilson Creek Parkway in Collin County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 7:30 p.m. on Wilson Creek near Steeple Ridge Court. Preliminary investigation suggests Salinas was driving a Nissan Sentra west on Wilson Creek when he lost control for unconfirmed reasons. The car hit the road's outer curb, then flipped end-over-end and crashed into a tree off the roadway.
Salinas suffered serious injuries in the crash.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Matthew Salinas Accident in McKinney
Police mentioned alcohol as a suspected factor here and took blood samples for testing, which may be enough for some folks to conclude it was definitely involved. That's not what a "suspicion" is though, so ignoring other possibilities and focusing entirely on impairment would be irresponsible. What if the car had mechanical issues or defects? Did it blow a tire? What were visibility and road quality like in the area? Did the driver have a medical emergency and lose control?
Even if alcohol really was a factor there may be more to investigate. Texas dram shop law says that any business that over-served the victim if he was obviously intoxicated may actually be legally responsible for his injuries in that crash. Not every DWI crash starts with a dram violation and none may have happened in McKinney, but did police even look into it? Unfortunately, I doubt it.
Without more thorough efforts, there's no telling what authorities may have overlooked. That's why it's best folks learn about the other possible factors and ensure someone steps in to give them all proper attention. At the very least it's best to be sure the truth is the only thing left at the end of the investigation.