Ericka Manns Injured in Car Accident on Woodrow Ln in Denton, TX
Denton, TX — October 23, 2022, 23-year-old Ericka Manns was seriously injured in a traffic accident on Woodrow Lane in Denton.
Authorities say the incident happened around 4:10 a.m. on Woodrow Lane at Spencer Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Manns was driving a Mazda 3 sedan south on Woodrow when she attempted to turn left onto eastbound Spencer. She allegedly failed to yield to a northbound Lexus in the intersection and the Mazda was hit on its passenger side.
Manns, reportedly not wearing a seat belt, suffered serious injuries in the crash. The Lexus driver was unhurt.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Ericka Manns Accident in Denton
Police suggested the injured victim of this crash failed to yield while turning, and also said that may have happened because she was intoxicated. As proof they included blood test results which seem to show she had a BAC of .18 at the time; I say that with no judgment, but if those numbers are accurate and intoxication played a significant part in what happened then there may be more to investigate. For one, it's important to find out where the alcohol came from that night.
Texas dram shop law holds businesses that over-serve alcohol responsible for the injuries their intoxicated patrons cause--even to themselves--while under the influence. Not every DWI crash starts with a law-breaking bar, but learning the source of the drinks is an important and often-neglected step. A reckless and law-breaking bar may need to face consequences for its practices, and it may be possible to get the injured victim some much-needed help in the process.
Having said that, however, it's important not to consider alcohol the sole or main culprit without due diligence. A full investigation is still needed to learn if anything else played a part as well. For instance, what if the traffic lights' timing was off or the other driver was speeding? Was signage present and clearly visible? Those and other potential factors must be evaluated to learn the whole story. Will police make that effort, or are they content with the "bad guy" they already have?