• December 09, 2022

David Ciske, Dustin Smith Injured in Auto Accident on Sam Rayburn Tollway in Lewisville, TX

UPDATE (January 4, 2023): The seriously-injured occupants of the Corvette involved in this accident have been identified as 43-year-old David Ciske and 31-year-old Dustin Smith.

Lewisville, TX — December 7, 2022, two people were seriously injured after a car accident following an alleged street race on Sam Rayburn Tollway in Lewisville.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:35 p.m. along the Sam Rayburn Tollway near Standridge Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford Mustang and a Chevy Corvette were speeding and possibly racing south on the tollway when the Mustang crashed into the back of a Hyundai Elantra. After the impact the Mustang swerved into the Corvette's path, causing the Chevy to veer into the median and then overturn and eject its occupants.

The Corvette's driver and passenger were taken to a hospital; the passenger's injuries were said to be critical. The Hyundai's driver was treated and released at the scene.

Reports say Brown, the Mustang driver, fled the scene on foot but was found and taken into custody. Investigators alleged that both racing drivers were believed to be under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is available at this time.

If blood tests confirm alcohol was a main factor in of the wreck on the tollway, the drivers suspected of drinking may face some serious repercussions for their choices that night. That seems justified, as DWI drivers put themselves and everyone else at risk and there should be consequences for that. However, the men behind the wheels of those allegedly-racing vehicles may not be the only ones to hold accountable for the damage done in the crash. What about whoever provided the alcohol?

David Ciske, Dustin Smith Injured in Auto Accident on Sam Rayburn Tollway in Lewisville, TX

If driver is sold or served drinks somewhere despite clearly being past his limits, the business that did so may have broken Texas dram shop law. It says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for injuries he causes or suffers while under the influence. If either or both drivers in Lewisville were over-served by a local business before the accident, that business may have a duty to help everyone injured--including the drivers themselves--get back on their feet.

Unfortunately people often aren't aware of those rights, largely because police rarely make much of an effort to track down negligent bars. Not every DWI starts with one, but the possibility must be looked into when alcohol use seems to be tied to serious injuries. If someone is illegally over-served and then causes or suffers harm, whoever did the serving should be held accountable for their part.

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