Osmin Flores Injured by Alleged DWI Driver in Harris County, TX
Harris County, TX — November 21, 2022, 33-year-old Osmin Flores was injured in a crash with an alleged DWI driver in Harris County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:45 a.m. on Farm to Market Road 1960 at Aldine Westfield Road. Preliminary investigation suggests 40-year-old Courtny Fleeton was driving a Dodge Durango SUV west on FM 1960 at alleged high speeds when she approached Flores' Toyota Camry, which was stopped behind another vehicle at a red light. Fleeton allegedly failed to reduce speed and crashed into the Camry, pushing it into the back of the third vehicle.
Flores suffered serious injuries in the collision. No other injuries were reported.
Investigators alleged Fleeton was intoxicated; blood tests later showed she had a BAC of approximately .165 at the time of the crash. She was charged with intoxication assault by Harris County officials.
Sources released few specifics about the accident. All they say at this time is that driver Courtny Fleeton allegedly caused an accident that caused bodily harm to Osmin Flores while under the influence of an intoxicant. Investigators allege Fleeton fled from the collision but whe was later apprehended and charged with Intoxication Assault by Harris County officials.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Osmin Flores Accident in Harris County
A common mistake after an incident like this is thinking that there's little else to know. Some may feel the key points were already touched on: Someone seriously injured the victim while intoxicated and she was caught and charged, so what more could there be to say? Well, for one thing it's important that everyone responsible for this accident is held accountable for their part.
Texas dram shop law prohibits licensed alcohol vendors (bars, restaurants, stores, etc) from selling or serving alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do so illegally and their customers cause or suffer injuries while excessively impaired, the business that over-served them may be considered partly liable for the harm done. In that case it would have a duty to make amends to the people hurt by its negligence.
I'm not saying I know for certain that a dram shop violation happened here; they're not always a factor in drunk driving crashes. Did the authorities even look into it, though, or were they satisfied with charging the drunk driver? If so, it may fall to someone else to ensure the victim gets the answers and help he deserves.