• November 15, 2022

November White Melendez, Thomas Spindor Injured in Car Accident in Wise County, TX

Wise County, TX -- November 2, 2022, November White Melendez and Thomas Spindor were injured after an accident where their vehicles crashed.

Authorities said that the accident happened at around 6:05 p.m. along Highway 114 in the area of County Road 4693.

Investigators said that 58-year-old Thomas Spindor was in a Chevy Silverado traveling eastbound on Highway 114. 28-year-old November White Melendez was said to be in a westbound Ford Explorer. The vehicles somehow collided head-on, causing the pickup to overturn.

Both Spindor and White Melendez had injuries with Spindor's injuries said to be incapacitating. Authorities mentioned looking into alcohol as a possible factor, but these details can't be confirmed at this time.

Commentary on November White Melendez, Thomas Spindor Car Accident in Wise County

While any mention of alcohol is one worth taking seriously, it's important folks keep in mind we don't know for a fact if alcohol was involved nor who was or wasn't intoxicated. That certainly isn't for me to speculate on. But alcohol can create unique challenging scenarios for victims and families, so it's worth at least explaining what those challenges are. Since getting people the help they need is always a priority, one crucial challenge to anticipate is dram shop law.

November White Melendez, Thomas Spindor Injured in Car Accident in Wise County, TX

In Texas, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Bars, restaurants, clubs, liquor stores, and even gas stations have rules to follow. Breaking them can mean people get seriously hurt. That's why dram shop can serve both as consequences for those business and as a vital source of help for the victims and families.

So while those details have yet to be confirmed here, it's never too soon to take steps to explore possible avenues through which to get folks the help they deserve. I see no reason why this crash would be an exception.

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