• November 10, 2022

One Seriously Injured in Crossover Crash on Tenth Street in Richmond, TX

Richmond, TX — October 29, 2022, a 37-year-old man was seriously injured in a traffic accident on Tenth Street in Fort Bend County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:55 a.m. on North Tenth Street near Rufus Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford Focus was traveling north on the roadway as a Nissan Frontier was southbound nearby in the opposite lane.

According to reports the Ford driver swerved left of center into the oncoming lane. The Nissan driver tried unsuccessfully to steer clear, but the two collided in the roadway.

The Ford driver allegedly fled the scene on foot after the collision but was located soon afterward with serious injuries. The Nissan's two occupants reportedly received minor injuries and declined medical transport.

Investigators believed the crossover driver was under the influence of alcohol but say he refused to provide specimens for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Crossover Accident in Richmond

If clear evidence shows alcohol was a factor as is suspected, the injured driver may face some legal consequences for his choices. That's a criminal matter and I don't want to speculate about his day in court, but despite what some might think that day's outcome isn't necessarily the end of the matter. Instead, investigators should look into where his drinks came from. But why is that important?

Texas dram shop law says that licensed alcohol providers like bars, restaurants, or liquor stores may not serve or sell alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do, the law may consider them liable for injuries those customers cause or suffer while under the influence. That means any business that over-served the crossover driver in Richmond may now have a duty to help him get back on his feet.

One Seriously Injured in Crossover Crash on Tenth Street in Richmond, TX

To reiterate, right now alcohol is only an unproven theory. First the necessary evidence to confirm it must be found before anyone tries locate a negligent bar that over-served it. There may not even be one to find, as far from every DWI case involves a dram shop violation. It's just important to know for sure one way or the other when alcohol consumption may be directly tied to injuries, so will police look into it or should someone else step in to ensure the injured man gets the help he deserves?

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