• December 07, 2022

William Faulknor Jr. Killed in Car Accident on FM 4 in Hood County, TX

Hood County, TX — August 5, 2022, 34-year-old William Faulknor Jr. died in a single-vehicle accident on Farm to Market Road 4 in Hood County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:50 a.m. on FM 4 near Lee court. Preliminary investigation suggests Faulknor was driving a Toyota Corolla northwest on the roadway when he entered a curve at alleged unsafe speeds. The Toyota left the roadway into the east bar ditch, then hit a pipe fence and came to rest.

Faulknor suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Investigators suspected he was under the influence of alcohol; blood tests later showed he had an approximate BAC of .161 at the time of the accident.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on William Faulknor Accident in Hood County

If reports have their information straight (and that's not always guaranteed), it seems evidence showed the driver was intoxicated when he crashed. I can't speak to whether or not that's true, but if so then some folks may feel the victim's tragic passing means there's no one left to face consequences. However, that may depend on where the alcohol came from that night. If a local business recklessly served the victim alcohol to the point he was a danger to himself, it may be responsible for his fatal injuries under Texas dram shop law.

William Faulknor Jr. Killed in Car Accident on FM 4 in Hood County, TX

Dram shop law essentially says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. It's illegal for bars and other alcohol vendors to keep pouring drinks for someone clearly past his limits, but you'd never know it from the way many of them behave. If they illegally over-serve someone they should be held accountable--not only by the state for the laws they broke, but also by the people that negligent behavior harmed.

At the end of the day a man lost his life here, and the fault for that may not lie solely with his choices that night. The question is whether authorities actually cared about getting his family the full story or if they just wanted to close the book on this awful event.

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