• November 11, 2022

Ashley Braun Injured by Vehicle at Heart Nightclub in Houston, TX

Houston, TX — October 7, 2022, 21-year-old Ashley Braun was seriously injured in an accident outside a night club on Washington Avenue in Houston.

Authorities say the incident happened around 12:25 p.m. at Heart nightclub, located at 5002 Washington Avenue. Information provided by officers already at the scene suggests a GMC Sierra was looping through the parking lot when the driver allegedly took a corner too tightly and ran up a curb. The SUV then hit Braun, who was sitting on the curb with her legs crossed.

Braun suffered incapacitating injuries in the collision. No other injuries were reported.

Officers at the scene instructed the GMC's occupants to get out, and the driver--later identified as Robert Delgado Jr.--was detained on suspicion of driving under the influence. Harris County officials later charged him with Intoxication Assault.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Ashley Braun Accident at Heart in Houston

If blood tests or other evidence confirm the driver was intoxicated as police suspect, some may just believe that means his serious charges will stick. Obviously it's important that he face justice considering the terrible harm he caused, but where some may think that's the end of the matter there's at least one more important thing to investigate: The source of the alcohol. Why? Because its provider may also be responsible for the victim's injuries in the eyes of the law.

Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. If a bar, restaurant, nightclub, store, or other vendor sold the driver drinks long past his limits then it may now have a duty to help the person he hurt with the long road to recovery.

Ashley Braun Injured by Vehicle at Heart Nightclub in Houston, TX

To be clear, I'm not pointing fingers at the club whose parking lot this happened in. Reports don't say whether the SUV was coming or going, and so far there isn't even hard evidence that the driver really was intoxicated--to say nothing of whether he was over-served somewhere.

The fact that the club was a stone's throw away from the impact site is a cause for concern, though, and if it's learned the driver was leaving there then it would be in everyone's best interests to learn how he spent his time inside. Not only should a negligent business be stopped from endangering its customers and community, but it also should make amends to the person already affected by its reckless over-service.

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