Cody Crowley Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on RM 648 in Gillespie County, TX
Gillespie County, TX — September 25, 2022, 32-year-old Cody Crowley was injured in a single-vehicle accident on Ranch to Market Road 648 in Gillespie County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 8:40 p.m. on RM 648 near Vintage Oaks Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Crowley was driving a Honda coupe southeast on the roadway when he lost control in a curve. The car ran off the road to the south and hit a fence, overturned and rolled one or more times, and came to rest on its roof.
Crowley suffered serious injuries in the accident and was airlifted to an area hospital.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Cody Crowley Accident in Gillespie County
Police mentioned in their reports that the driver supposedly admitted to drinking alcohol prior to his crash. I wasn't there and can't speak to that detail one way or the other, but I know from experience that many might pin their opinions about the crash and who's to blame on it. Folks have a tendency to come down hard on drunk drivers (even alleged ones), but they often don't realize there could be more to the story.
For instance, a third party might be partly responsible for the damage dealt to the victim. Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider that over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. But what does that really mean?
Frankly, it would shock people to see how little regard some alcohol-serving businesses show for the law, their communities, and even their customers. In any other circumstance someone showing that kind of negligence would face serious consequences, so why shouldn't those business have similar punishment when they contribute to a serious accident? Dram shop is a way to ensure they learn a harsh lesson about their priorities.
Not every DWI crash starts with a law-breaking bar and I can't say if anything like that happened here. It's frustrating how often police look at a serious accident, throw the book at someone for drinking, and then call it like there's nothing else to know. To get help for that injured man and to ensure a community's safety is protected, someone should look into where the victim's alcohol came from. If not police, though, then who?