Adult, Child Injured in 3-Vehicle Accident on US-87 in Lynn County, TX
Lynn County, TX — September 24, 2022, an adult and a child were seriously injured in a 3-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 87 in Lynn County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 7:35 p.m. on US-87 at County Road 34. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chevy Silverado was traveling south in the inside lane of the highway as a Jeep Grand Cherokee was nearby in the outside lane.
Reports say the Silverado drifted into the median and the driver over-corrected, swerving back into the road and sideswiping the Jeep. Both vehicles then traveled southeast through the CR-34 crossover and the Jeep side-skidded into the front end of a northbound Nissan Altima.
A 9-year-old in the Jeep and the Nissan driver both suffered serious injuries in the crash. The Jeep driver Cesar Marquez and the Silverado's two occupants received minor injuries.
Investigators believed the Chevy driver was under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Auto Accident on US-87 in Lynn County
Police suggested that alcohol may have been a significant factor here. If blood tests confirm their suspicions the driver who triggered the wreck may be in some hot water for his poor choices that evening, but I (and the law) believe that everyone responsible for the damage done should face consequences for their role. With that in mind it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law a licensed alcohol vendor (bar, club, restaurant, store, etc) that sells or serves drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for any damage that customer causes or suffers while under the influence. Most bars follow the rules and not every DWI crash involves a dram violation, but where the drinks came from is still an important detail to know for sure when alcohol use and injuries may be tied together.
Having said that, though, I've learned over the years that police are usually content just to arrest drunk drivers and don't look too far into where the "drunk" part happened. Will they do so here and maybe stop a bar from further endangering its community, or should someone else make sure the victims get the help and justice they deserve?