Bethany Nicole Romine Injured in Alleged DWI Accident in New Caney, TX
New Caney, TX -- November 5, 2022, Bethany Nicole Romine was injured following an accident allegedly involving alcohol.
Investigators said that the accident happened at around 1:30 a.m. along Forest Drive East at Stag Lane.
Officials said that 34-year-old Bethany Nicole Romine was in a Chevy Malibu traveling southbound on Forest Drive. From oncoming lanes, police say that a Ford F-150 crossed into oncoming lanes and hit Romine head-on.
Due to the crash, Romine was said to have incapacitating injuries. The other driver was not hurt. It is alleged that the pickup driver, a 17-year-old boy, was under the influence of alcohol at the time. This and other details remain under investigation.
Commentary on Bethany Nicole Romine Alleged DWI Accident in New Caney
These are obviously concerning claims, as any claim of alcohol is. But the possibility of a drunk teenager only makes the details more alarming. If that's true, then someone out there may need to be held responsible for giving a minor alcohol. Those consequences, however, may be a lot more complex than people realize. There could certainly be criminal charges, yes, but that person could also be liable for the victim's injuries.
Put simply, Texas law says that someone can be liable for an accident if they serve alcohol to a minor, and that alcohol contributes to someone's injuries. While it's possible for a kid to get alcohol without anyone knowing about it, this sort of thing usually involves an older acquaintance or a negligent business that cares more about making a sale than keeping alcohol out of kids' hands. Is that something investigators are looking into?