Set Nguyen Killed, 1 Injured in Car Accident on West Sam Houston in Alief, TX
UPDATE (November 29, 2022): In recent reports, authorities confirm that one of the victims succumbed to their injuries. Officials say 65-year-old Set Nguyen succumbed to fatal injuries. The driver police say ran the red light was identified as Nicholas Orlando Griffin. He appears to have pending charges for intoxication manslaughter at this time. Additional details are currently unavailable.
Alief, TX -- November 20, 2022, two people were injured after an accident where a vehicle reportedly ran a red light along West Sam Houston.
Investigators said that the crash took place at around 1:45 a.m. north of Houston along West Sam Houston Parkway at the intersection of Beechnut Street.
It appears that a westbound vehicle traveling through the intersection allegedly ran a red light. Doing so, the vehicle crashed into two other vehicles. The drivers of those two vehicles went to an area hospital, one in critical condition.
Police say they arrested the driver that reportedly ran the light. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Set Nguyen Car Accident in Alief
UPDATE: Below, I initially brought up alcohol due simply to all of the familiar red flags I saw in early reports. Now, police say they believe intoxication was a factor. To be clear, allegations need to be proven, and intoxication doesn't always necessarily mean alcohol. But with yet another red flag--the biggest one yet--it would be outright irresponsible not to consider what I discussed below: dram shop law. The well-being of the community and, more importantly, the victims and families may depend on it.
ORIGINAL: To be rather blunt, my immediate concern here is if alcohol is what led to this crash. Someone running a light and then being arrested just before bars close is more than enough red flags to warrant thorough investigations into that possibility. If it was a factor here, steps should also be taken to find out where that alcohol came from. There could be an accomplice to all this yet to be held accountable.
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. Bars, liquor stores, restaurant, and even gas stations can be held accountable when their actions contribute to people getting hurt or killed. Not only can this help the victims and families, it can also help make the community safer for everyone. Are the proper steps being taken to get answers here?