Teen Driver Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash on Holbrook Street in Mount Vernon, TX
Mount Vernon, TX — July 11, 2022, a 17-year-old driver was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Holbrook Street in Franklin County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:40 a.m. along Holbrook near Interstate 30. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford F-250 pickup was headed southeast on the roadway at alleged high speeds when the driver may have lost control in a curve. The pickup swerved back and forth as it continued south, then left the road and hit a concrete pillar. After the impact it caught fire.
The teen driver was fatally injured in the crash. Police suspected he was impaired and ordered toxicology tests, which later indicated he had a BAC of approximately .116 at the time of the accident.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Mount Vernon Solo Accident on Holbrook St
It's just devastating anytime alcohol contributes to a deadly accident, but if these allegations are true then its contribution to the end of a teen's life is even more troubling. The possibility of an underage person being impaired should never be taken lightly, and while the driver's passing means he's beyond legal consequences there may be others to hold accountable.
Texas dram shop law basically says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. If the Mount Vernon victim was directly sold alcohol by a local business, it would likely be in trouble for serving a minor. However, it might also be liable for his fatal injuries if it sold him alcohol to excess. If a business is reckless or inept to sell drinks to an underage person, rarely does it draw the line at selling them too many.
Negligence of that nature must be met with serious consequences, and dram shop helps deliver those. It teaches bad bars and stores a harsh lesson about valuing profit over the law (and common sense), and also provides victims and families a way to confront those businesses directly. Not every DWI accident starts with a dram violation, but the possibility should receive careful attention. At the very least the victim's loved ones deserve to know they have the whole story.