Naomi Stewart, 2 Others Injured in Crash on US-190 in Copperas Cove, TX
Copperas Cove, TX — October 1, 2022, 34-year-old Naomi Stewart and two other people were injured in a traffic accident on U.S. Highway 190 in Copperas Cove.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:45 p.m. on US-190 near Big Divide Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Nissan Altima was headed east on the highway as Stewart was a passenger in a westbound Chevy Silverado traveling in the same area.
According to reports the Nissan driver started to turn left into a private drive but failed to yield to the pickup. The two vehicles collided in the inside westbound lane.
Stewart and both vehicles' drivers suffered serious injuries in the wreck. Investigators suspected the Nissan driver was under the influence of alcohol and obtained a warrant for a blood draw.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Naomi Stewart Accident in Copperas Cove
If blood tests confirm alcohol was involved here as police believe, some may think that just means the alleged drunk driver will be charged accordingly. That part's important, of course, since people who put themselves and others at risk that way should face serious consequences. However, the same is true of everyone who had a hand in the damage done, which is why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries they cause or suffer while under the influence. Anyone hurt in or by one of these accidents deserves all the help they can get with the difficult road ahead; a dram shop claim against a negligent bar is one way to seek that help. Furthermore, it makes sure the offending business faces consequences for endangering its customers and the public with illegal over-service.
Not every alcohol-related wreck involves a dram violation, and to be clear I'm not pointing fingers at any Copperas Cove businesses. The source of an alleged DWI driver's drinks is just an important detail to work out during a full investigation. Unfortunately police rarely look into possible dram violations, so if an alcohol vendor may have contributed to the crash then it may be best to seek proof of that independently. With the right help and evidence, many folks have held bad bars accountable for the serious damage they helped cause.