• November 17, 2022

Milton Caldwell Injured in Car Accident on I-35 in Lancaster, TX

Lancaster, TX — October 19, 2022, 64-year-old Milton Caldwell was seriously injured in a crash with an alleged DWI driver on Interstate 35 in Dallas County.

Authorities say the incident occurred around 9:50 p.m. on I-35 near Wintergreen Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chrysler 300 was northbound in the left lane of the highway as Caldwell's Mitsubishi Mirage headed north in the right lane a short distance ahead.

According to reports the Chrysler driver changed lanes but made contact with the back of the Mitsubishi, causing both units to spin out in the roadway.

Caldwell was transported to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The Chrysler driver, unhurt, was reportedly arrested on suspicion of DWI.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Milton Caldwell Accident in Lancaster

If police think alcohol use was a factor in this crash their next step is usually to seek clear proof. That generally means collecting samples (usually blood) for testing; it's unclear if that happened here, but it wouldn't surprise me.

One way or the other, if investigators find clear evidence confirming impairment then some might think the only thing left is to charge the alleged drunk driver. That's important considering the hazards intoxicated drivers clearly pose to themselves and the public, but theirs may not be the only bad behavior to address. There could be more to look into--including ways to help the man hurt in the wreck get back on his feet. For example, if a local alcohol provider over-served the suspect until they couldn't drive safely, that business may be responsible for the damage she did under Texas dram shop law.

Milton Caldwell Injured in Car Accident on I-35 in Lancaster, TX

Having said all that, alcohol is only a theory unless evidence ultimately shows otherwise. If police don't plan to look much further (including checking for a potential dram shop violation), maybe independent investigators should step in to be sure the whole story is learned and the victim gets the help he deserves.

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