• November 09, 2022

Larry Golightly Jr. Injured by Alleged DWI Driver on Farnsworth Ave in Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth, TX — October 20, 2022, 65-year-old Larry Golightly Jr. was seriously injured by a vehicle on Farnsworth Avenue in Fort Worth.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:05 p.m. on Farnsworth near Horne Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Dodge Dart was reversing out of a driveway at 5720 Farnsworth when the driver switched gears into Drive. The car ran forward and crashed into Golightly, who was sitting on the home's concrete patio.

Golightly suffered serious injuries in the collision. Police suspected the Dodge driver of being under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Larry Golightly Jr. Accident in Fort Worth

If police are right about alcohol's influence (meaning that blood tests conclusively show it was a factor) then the driver of that vehicle may have some consequences coming for getting behind the wheel in an impaired state. Drunk driving is a serious problem and can have devastating results, and it's only right that people who put themselves and others at risk that way face justice. However, responsibility may not begin and end with the driver as many folks think.

Texas dram shop law is a little-known but very important area of the law that deals with alcohol vendors and their responsibility to protect public safety. If a bar, restaurant, store, or other vendor sells or serves drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer, that business may be liable for any damage the person causes or suffers while under the influence.

Larry Golightly Jr. Injured by Alleged Drunk Driver in Fort Worth, TX

Not every DWI accident involves a dram shop violation, and as this one seems to have happened in a house's driveway there's a good chance no business would be liable for what happened. However, it's always best to carefully investigate where alcohol was consumed if it's thought to be partly or fully responsible for serious or even fatal injuries. Did police take that detail into account?

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