• November 21, 2022

Dillon Donahoe Killed, Katherine Lewallen Injured in Alleged DWI Accident in Grandview, TX

Grandview, TX -- November 19, 2022, Dillon Donahoe was killed and Katherine Lewallen was injured after an alleged DWI accident.

Initial details from Johnson County officials say the crash happened at around 2:00 a.m. along I-35 a couple of miles north of town.

It appears that 35-year--old Dillon Donahoe and 28-year-old Katherine Lewallen were in a vehicle traveling southbound on I-35. In a series of events unclear, police say a Jeep Patriot crashed into the back of their vehicle.

As a result of the crash, Donahoe sustained fatal injuries. Lewallen and the Jeep driver, identified as 75-year-old James Armstrong, were taken to the hospital. Police allege that Armstrong was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Reports say he faces charges including intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Dillon Donahoe, Katherine Lewallen Alleged DWI Accident in Grandview

If these allegations are true, then there will no doubt be serious consequences for the allegedly intoxicated driver. But at the end of the day, I always try to focus on how to get people the help they need. A crash this serious is far from the exception to that--it's more the exact reason I do so. In that regard, folks may be surprised to hear there could be an accomplice to all of this mayhem yet to be held accountable for their actions: a bar.

Dillon Donahoe Killed, Katherine Lewallen Injured in Alleged DWI Accident in Grandview, TX

Simply put, 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. At 2:00 a.m., an intoxicated driver is almost always coming from a local bar. Evidence showing that bar recklessly over-served the driver means they, too, broke the law and contributed to someone losing their life. So why shouldn't they get a court date just as drunk drivers do, especially if it can help the victims and families directly?

For reasons beyond me, authorities often overlook this crucial legal tool, meaning a lot of families don't even know they have rights to get the help they need until they happen to talk to someone experienced in dram shop like myself. Hopefully steps are taken here to get those involved the answers they need sooner rather than later so those responsible for this awful mess are held fully accountable.

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