Pedestrian Injured by Hit-and-Run Driver on Spur 277 in Coupland, TX
Coupland, TX — August 13, 2022, a 20-year-old pedestrian was dragged and injured by a vehicle on Spur 277 in Williamson County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 11:20 p.m. on Spur 277 at Farm to Market Road 1466. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chevrolet C2500 pickup truck was stopped at the roads' intersection as the 19-year-old driver argued with the victim, who was standing outside the vehicle.
At some point the driver then made a "burnout" start and traveled forward, unbalancing the pedestrian and sending her underneath the pickup. The victim was dragged beneath the vehicle for some distance before breaking free; the driver then left the scene. Investigators say he parked the pickup several blocks away and fled on foot.
The pedestrian suffered serious injuries as a result of the incident. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Pedestrian Hit-and-Run on Spur 277 in Coupland
Whatever the victim and the driver may have been arguing about, clearly it's no excuse for what followed. It's a relief that police identified and charged him shortly afterward, but they also mentioned he may have been drinking alcohol prior to what happened. If they're right about that then the investigation may not be over just because he was caught.
It's clearly concerning any time a driver is suspected of being intoxicated, but the idea of an underage one being impaired is even more troubling--and could have further implications if a local business sold that young man his drinks directly. It would already be in hot water for serving an underage customer, but on top of that it might be liable for the injuries he caused.
This is due to dram shop law, which says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. In my experience, any business reckless (or at least inept) enough to serve a 19-year-old is unlikely to draw the line at over-serving him while they're at it. If a business did that and someone got hurt due to his impairment, that establishment may have a duty to make amends for the part it played in the damage done.
So did authorities look into the events preceding this crash? The answer to that could reveal a local business that needs to be taught a harsh lesson, and in the process an injured young woman might get some much-needed help. That seems like more than enough reason to take the necessary steps.