• December 09, 2022

Driver Killed in Rollover Accident on SH 191 in Midland, TX

Midland, TX — December 8, 2022, a driver was killed in a single-vehicle rollover accident along State Highway 191 in Midland.

Authorities say the incident happened early Thursday morning along the 5700 block of Highway 191. Investigators believe the victim's vehicle was traveling east in the inside lane when the driver may have lost control. The car then skidded into the center median and overturned.

The driver was ejected in the rollover and suffered fatal injuries.

The investigation continues but speed and impairment were cited as possible factors in the wreck.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Rollover Accident on TX-191 in Midland

I can't speak to whether police suspicions about speed or impairment are true, but some folks may feel it's unnecessary to look into them since the victim's tragic passing means they are beyond legal consequences. However, if the victim was impaired then there's at least one more detail to learn: Where their alcohol came from. Why? Because if a local business recklessly over-served them, it may be responsible for their fatal injuries under Texas dram shop law.

Driver Killed in Rollover Accident on SH 191 in Midland, 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 their 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 someone lost their life here, and the fault for that may not lie solely with them. The question is whether or not police actually care about getting a grieving family the whole story.

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