You Xue, Yan Gao Injured by Alleged DWI Driver on Robinson Dr in Robinson, TX
Robinson, TX — December 3, 2022, 36-year-old You Xue was seriously injured in a crash with a suspected drunk driver on Robinson Drive in McLennan County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 9:35 p.m. on Robinson Drive (State Highway 77) near Newland Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests an Infiniti G35 was traveling north on the roadway at alleged high speeds. Ahead, Xue was driving a Toyota Corolla north when he stopped in the center turn lane. According to reports the Infiniti swerved into the turn lane and rear-ended the Toyota; both vehicles then ran off the road in opposite directions and stopped on the shoulders.
You Xue suffered serious injuries in the collision. Toyota passenger Yan Gao, 34, and the Infiniti driver, 46, both reportedly received minor injuries.
Investigators suspected the Infiniti driver of being intoxicated and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on You Xue, Yan Gao Accident in Robinson
It's troubling any time authorities mention alcohol as a potential factor in an accident; just about everyone is aware of how dangerous drunk driving really is, so it's sad to learn another person might have disregarded common sense that way. Clearly some consequences are in order for that person's poor choices and the damage they did, but people may not realize he's not necessarily the only one who should answer for what happened. That's why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.
Dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. In other words, drunk drivers aren't always solely to blame for the injuries they cause or suffer in collisions--the places that got them drunk may also share some of the responsibility. In those instances the law would expect them to help the victims of their negligent over-service get back on their feet.
Dram shop not only provides a significant source of help for crash victims and their families, but it also teaches negligent bars and other alcohol providers an important lesson about not valuing profits over public safety. So will police find out whether a bar broke the law in Robinson, or should someone else continue the investigation on the victims' behalf?