Linda Swinney Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on Ramey St in Houston, TX
Houston, TX — August 20, 2022, 62-year-old Linda Swinney died in a single-vehicle accident on Ramey Street in Houston.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:25 p.m. in the area of 9800 Ramey Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Swinney was driving a Nissan Rogue west at alleged high speeds when she reportedly ran a stop sign at Aldis Street and crashed into a tree on the other side of the "T" intersection.
Swinney suffered critical injuries in the accident. She was airlifted to an area hospital where she succumbed to her injuries on Saturday, August 27.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Linda Swinney Accident in Houston
Toxicology tests later showed the victim of this accident had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .314 at the time. That may be enough for some to think the crash, while tragic, was due mostly to her decisions and leave it at that. However, the burden of fault for an alcohol-related wreck may not be driver's to bear alone.
With every drink the decision to have another one gets easier, which is why Texas dram shop law tells alcohol vendors like bars, restaurants, and stores that they must be the voice of reason and refuse further sales to an obviously intoxicated customer. Unfortunately many such businesses disregard the law and keep pouring long past the point of no return. When they illegally over-serve a customer and that person causes or suffers harm while intoxicated, dram shop law may hold them liable for the damage done.
I'm not saying I know of a particular business that over-served the victim, but the possibility can't be ignored for any alcohol-related accident. At the very least it seems important to check out in case a local business is endangering its customers and community. Unfortunately police investigations rarely extend that far, so if a dram violation is possible then it's usually best to seek proof of that elsewhere. With evidence gathered by experienced independent professionals, many people affected by these accidents have held bad businesses accountable for the part they played.