• November 17, 2022

Nathan McCray Injured in Auto Accident on SH 29 in Burnet County, TX

Burnet County, TX — October 21, 2022, Nathan McCray and an 11-year-old girl were injured in a crash with a suspected drunk driver on Highway 29 in Burnet County.

Authorities say the incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. on SH 29 at County Road 264. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chevy Silverado pickup was headed east on the highway as McCray drove a Dodge Ram west nearby on the other side. The Chevy driver reportedly turned left toward northbound CR 264 and failed to yield to the Dodge; the pickups collided in the roadway. After the initial impact a westbound Lucid Air luxury car rear-ended the Dodge and became wedged underneath it.

McCray and his juvenile passenger suffered serious injuries in the wreck. The Chevy driver and the Lucid car's occupants were unhurt.

The Chevy driver reportedly tried to flee the scene on foot but was soon located and arrested. Blood specimens were collected for testing as part of a DWI investigation.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Nathan McCray Accident in Burnet County

Police suspect alcohol was a factor in this crash. If blood tests confirm that, the suspect may face some serious legal consequences for his choices. That seems only right considering the injuries he caused to the victims--including a child. However, there may be more to the story than simply punishing a drunk driver; for instance, what if the business that sold him alcohol is partly responsible for what happened?

Under Texas dram shop law, alcohol vendors like bars, restaurants, clubs, and stores can't sell or serve more alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do they may be considered liable for any damage those customers do while under the influence.

Nathan McCray Injured in Auto Accident on SH 29 in Burnet County, TX

To be clear, intoxication is just a theory unless proven. Failures to yield unfortunately happen all the time and nowhere near all of them are due to impairment. Even though I put in a few words about dram shop law, I don't know for sure it applies. I only know from long experience that many people who could have used its help never knew about it at all, so I talk about it after accidents where it might be a concern. If a local business broke the law and someone suffered as a result, that business should learn a harsh lesson about its priorities and do its best to make things right.

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