• November 17, 2022

Jucynthia Jessie, Teen Injured by Wrong-Way Driver on I-10 in Chambers County, TX

Chambers County, TX — October 29, 2022, 43-year-old Jucynthia Jessie and a teenager were injured in an auto accident on Interstate 10 in Chambers County.

Authorities say the incident occurred around 11:50 p.m. on I-10 near mile marker 819. Preliminary investigation suggests Jessie and the 15-year-old boy were passengers in a BMW 750 sedan headed west on the interstate. Ahead, a Ford Explorer was traveling east, against traffic, in their lane.

BMW driver Jerrod Jessie tried unsuccessfully to steer clear of the oncoming SUV and the two collided at an offset. Both then ran off the road to the north and stopped in a ditch.

Jucynthia Jessie and the teen both suffered serious injuries in the crash. Jerrod Jessie received possible injuries and the Ford driver was unhurt.

Police suspected the Ford driver of being intoxicated and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Jucynthia Jessie Accident in Chambers County

Some might think the serious Intoxication Assault charges set on the wrong-way driver are essentially all the consequences anyone should expect. It may provide some moral satisfaction to see a bad actor get a day in court, but those charges do little to help the people hurt by his poor choices. To that end, it's important to consider all aspects of the accident.

For example, police strongly suspect alcohol was a factor. If blood tests confirm that, the wrong-way driver may not be the only one to hold accountable for the damage done on the highway. If a local bar or other alcohol vendor illegally over-served him before his drive, that business may be liable for the victims' injuries under Texas dram shop law. Dram shop is an invaluable tool both for correcting bars' reckless behavior and for getting much-needed help to the people that behavior hurts.

Jucynthia Jessie, Teen Injured by Wrong-Way Driver on I-10 in Chambers County, TX

Despite how obviously important it is to stop law-breaking bars from endangering communities, I've learned over the years that police don't look too hard for dram shop violations. If a bar or other vendor may have contributed to what happened on I-10 then it may be better to seek proof of that independently with the right allies' help. Armed with the evidence those professionals find, many people hurt by bad alcohol providers have held them accountable for the serious damage they helped cause.

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