Charles and Christy Heimsath Injured in Crash on FM 955 in Fayette County, TX
Fayette County, TX — September 23, 2022, Charles and Christy Heimsath were injured in a crash with a suspected drunk driver on FM 955 in Fayette County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 9:00 p.m. on FM 955 near Jurecka Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford F-150 pickup was backing out of a driveway located at 2401 FM 955, without its lights on, when it pulled into the path of the Heimsaths' southbound Lexus sedan. The car hit the right-back quarter of the pickup, after which the Ford driver fled the scene.
Charles Heimsath, 72, and Christy Heimsath, 70, both suffered serious injuries in the collision.
Investigators believe the Ford driver may have been intoxicated at the time of the accident.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Charles and Christy Heimsath Accident in Fayette County
Reports suggest investigators found a suspect, but it's not clear if they looked into the intoxication concerns they mentioned. Some may not think that's important as long as they have someone to arrest, but a) confirming alcohol's involvement and b) determining its source are both important steps. Why? Because that driver may not be the only one to hold accountable for the victims' injuries.
Under Texas dram shop law an alcohol vendor that sells or serves drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for the injuries that person causes or suffers while under the influence. Not every DWI crash starts with negligent over-service, but finding out what happened over the evening leading up to the accident is an important step toward fully understanding it. If it turns out the runaway driver was dangerously impaired, then whoever helped him get that way may have a duty to help the victims get back on their feet. Will police look into that, or are they content just to punish the driver and ignore the rest?