Driver, Passenger Injured in Car Accident on TX-49 in Marion County
Marion County, TX — August 7, 2022, a driver and passenger were seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on State Highway 49 in Marion County.
Authorities say the incident occurred around 1:25 a.m. on Highway 49 near Farm to Market Road 729. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chrysler 200 sedan was traveling east on FM 729 when the driver allegedly disregarded the stop sign at the "T" intersection with Highway 49. The car passed through the roadway and off the other side, where it crashed into some trees.
The 19-year-old driver and 27-year-old passenger suffered serious injuries in the wreck.
Police believed the driver was under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Car Accident on TX-49 in Marion County
Obviously any suggestion of drunk driving is one to take seriously, but it's even more concerning when the alleged DWI suspect is underage. Folks seeing that may want to know where exactly the driver drank that night, as it's possible a business is getting far too lax about serving teenagers. What may surprise some people, however, is that it's important to look into where a drunk driver's alcohol came from regardless of that person's age. The source of the drinks can be a crucial fact to know when seeking ways to help people hurt in drunk driving crashes--including the drivers themselves.
That's because of dram shop law, which basically says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Not only could some bar or store be in trouble for serving a minor, but they could also be liable for his and his passenger's injuries if their illegal over-service was part of the reason they crashed. Is that something authorities looked into in Marion County? If not, someone else may need to ensure those details are learned in case a local business needs a lesson about its priorities. If the victims can get some much-needed help in the process, even better.