Lawsin Merrill Injured in Auto Accident on 30th Street in Snyder, TX
Snyder, TX — September 25, 2022, 20-year-old Lawsin Merrill was seriously injured in an auto accident on 30th Street in Scurry County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 4:50 p.m. on the 900-1000 block of 30th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Merrill was driving a Jeep Wrangler east on the roadway when he allegedly failed to control his speed and crashed into the rear of a parked and unoccupied Ford F-250. The Jeep came to an abrupt stop and the Ford was pushed into a nearby mailbox.
Merrill suffered serious injuries in the crash and was airlifted to an area hospital.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Lawsin Merrill Accident in Snyder
Police mentioned intoxication as a suspected factor here and seemingly ordered blood tests, which may be enough for some folks to decide it was definitely involved. It's best not to confuse suspicions with facts, though, so ignoring other possibilities and focusing wholly on impairment would be irresponsible. What if the Jeep 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 it still wouldn't be right just to throw the book at the young driver without investigating further. Not only could someone be in hot water for providing alcohol to someone under 21, but if that someone was a business that sold him too much of it they may be legally responsible for his injuries under Texas dram shop law. That's not to say a dram violation definitely happened in Snyder, but did police even consider 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 someone steps in to give them all proper attention. At the very least it's important to ensure the truth is what's left at the end of the investigation.