Motorcyclist Injured in Hit-and-Run on FM 366 in Jefferson County, TX
Jefferson County, TX — November 17, 2022, a 29-year-old man was hurt in a hit-and-run following a motorcycle crash on FM 366 in Jefferson County.
Authorities say the incident happened Thursday on FM 366 near State Highway 73. Preliminary investigation suggest the victim was riding a motorcycle in the area when he lost control for unknown reasons. He crashed and was ejected, then landed in the road. Shortly afterward a pickup truck passed through and hit him, then left the scene.
The motorcyclist was seriously injured in the accident. No other injuries were reproted.
Police later located the pickup's driver who told them he felt a "bump" in the road while passing through the crash area. He allegedly smelled of alcohol and refused field sobriety or blood sample tests; police arrested him for FRSA and suspicion of DWI.
The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jefferson County Hit-and-Run on FM 366
If clear evidence confirms that the hit-and-run driver was intoxicated as police suspected, then he may have some serious legal consequences coming. Drunk driving puts people in harm's way and it's only right that those who do so pay a harsh penalty; however, I'd argue that everyone responsible for the damage done to that motorcyclist should be held accountable. That's why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries they cause or suffer while under the influence. A dram shop claim lets people harmed by drunk drivers--both those directly injured in the crash and the families of those who don't survive--confront the businesses who liquored them up and then sent them out the door. Such negligence deserves a harsh lesson about getting their priorities in order.
So will police consider whether a local watering hole had a hand in what happened on FM 366? Unfortunately, I doubt it. They tend to get preoccupied with the drunk drivers themselves and rarely look for the source of their alcohol. That part of the investigation often must be handled by someone else, but with the evidence those professionals find many bad bars learn an important lesson about priorities--and many victims get badly-needed assistance getting their lives back on track.