• November 03, 2022

Thomas Woolard Injured in Pedestrian Accident on SH 171 in Godley, TX

Godley, TX — October 8, 2022, 46-year-old pedestrian Thomas Woolard was hit and injured by a vehicle on State Highway 171 in Godley.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:10 p.m. on Highway 171 near South Main Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Woolard was crossing the road westward when he was struck in the southbound lane by a Nissan Murano SUV. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

Woolard suffered serious injuries in the collision.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Thomas Woolard Accident in Godley

According to investigators at the scene the victim may have admitted to drinking alcohol before the collision. I can't speak to the truth of that one way or another, and I don't bring it up with any judgment. Rather, if impairment might have been a factor that affected his decisions or coordination and put him in the street at a bad time, things may be a little more complicated than they seem.

I'll explain with an example: Not long ago a family came to me about a loved one who was hit and killed by a car after he walked onto a freeway ramp. They didn't understand how or why he got there and asked us to look more closely.

Thomas Woolard Injured in Godley, TX Pedestrian Accident on SH 171

Our investigations revealed that he spent that day drinking at a bowling alley that kept serving him drinks long past his limits, which is illegal under Texas dram shop law. Because that illegal over-service caused him to get disoriented and wander onto the ramp, the bowling alley was liable for its role in his death.

Not every alcohol-related accident starts with a dram shop violation, and it's possible nothing of the sort happened in Godley. However, the source of the alcohol is an important detail to learn in case a local business is putting its customers and the public in danger with illegal over-service. Will police look into that here?

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