Alaysia Joseph Injured in Car Accident on Rollingbrook Drive in Baytown, TX
Baytown, TX — October 15, 2022, 25-year-old Alaysia Joseph was injured in a crash with a suspected DWI driver on Rollingbrook Drive in Harris County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:20 a.m. along Rollingbrook at Decker Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests a Jeep Patriot was traveling northwest in the middle lane of Rollingbrook when it approached a red light at Decker.
Reports say the Jeep driver ran the red light and started to turn left from the middle lane. While turning illegally the Jeep crashed into the passenger side of Joseph's northeast-bound Kia Optima in the intersection.
Joseph suffered serious injuries in the collision. The Jeep driver was unhurt.
Investigators suspected the Jeep driver was under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Alaysia Joseph Accident in Baytown
If evidence like blood test results confirm the suspect was impaired as police believe, some may consider any resulting charges to be the final step. It's important for consequences to follow considering how dangerous and reckless it is to drive drunk, but at the same time I'd argue that everyone responsible for the victim's injuries should be held accountable. Depending on where and how much the suspect drank, that might include a business that sold him alcohol.
Under Texas dram shop law, any business that illegally over-served the suspect alcohol may be liable for the victim's injuries in the Baytown crash. Bars that break the law and show little regard for public safety must be taught a harsh lesson; part of that is ensuring they make amends to the people hurt by their negligence.
Not every alcohol-related crash involves a dram shop violation, but the source of the drinks is an important detail to learn. The law punishes drunk drivers quite severely, and the places that get them that way should be held accountable as well. Will police track down the drinks to their source, or should someone else handle that on behalf of the victim?