Jeffery Clay Criss Killed, Carlette Broussard, 1 Injured in Car Accident in Port Arthur, TX
Port Arthur, TX -- October 14, 2022, Jeffery Criss was killed and Carlette Broussard and another were injured after a two-vehicle accident.
Officials said that the crash happened at around 11:00 p.m. along West Port Arthur Road near Viterbo Road.
Initial details say that 50-year-old Jeffery Clay Criss was in a Nissan Maxima traveling northbound on Port Arthur Road. For reasons unclear, the Nissan went left, authorities say, crashing into a Chevy Impala driven by Carlette Broussard. The vehicles collided, then crashed with a Jeep Patriot which was also southbound.
As a result of the crash, Criss sustained fatal injuries. Broussard and a passenger had incapacitating injuries. Two unidentified occupants in the Jeep were said to have non-incapacitating injuries.
Police said alcohol was a suspected factor, but they did not confirm this.
Commentary on Jeffery Criss, Carlette Broussard Car Accident in Port Arthur
To be clear up front, police mentioning alcohol does not mean alcohol was a factor. It shouldn't have to be said, but the fact of the matter is drunk driving is such a big problem in Texas that folks will just take those claims at face value. That's simply irresponsible.
A proper investigation must also consider other possibilities--even unlikely possibilities like mechanical issues or medical emergencies. But even alcohol wouldn't be all that straight-forward. That would then warrant thorough investigations into whether or not a local establishment illegally over-served someone, as they could be liable for their role in the victims' injuries.
Frankly, authorities are quick to look into alcohol, but they aren't always more thorough than that. Whether it's to rule out something or to find out if someone is responsible for these tragic events, it's best to let the evidence speak for itself.