Mark Klingeman Killed, Jason Jolivet Injured in Car Accident in McGregor, TX
McGregor, TX -- September 20, 2022, Mark Klingeman was killed and Jason Jolivet was injured due to a two-vehicle accident.
Authorities said that the accident happened at around 7:23 a.m. along Lone Star Parkway/Highway 317 near McGregor South Loop/FM 459.
Initial details said that 57-year-old Mark Klingeman was in a vehicle traveling southbound while 40-year-old Jason Jolivet was in a northbound vehicle. For reasons unconfirmed, the vehicles crashed head-on.
Due to the crash, Klingeman sustained fatal injuries. Jolivet's injuries were said to be incapacitating. Details suggest that Klingeman had a .365 BAC following the crash. This and other details remain unconfirmed at this time.
Commentary on Mark Klingeman, Jason Jolivet Car Accident in McGregor
I just want to be clear that nothing I have to say here is intended as criticism or to upset anyone. I do what I cant to address areas of the law the public doesn't often know about, and crashes like this one may involve crucial factors that victims and families need to be prepared for.
Specifically, if it's true that alcohol was a factor here, it's important to find out if authorities looked into where the alcohol came from. If they didn't, then those involved in this tragic event may not be getting the full story.
In Texas, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Having dealt with more negligent businesses than just about any other firm in the state, I've seen the devastation that can happen when businesses show no regard for the public or even their own customers.
That's why I'm very concerned here. I have no information beyond what's already available. But when I see police accuse someone of drunk driving at this time of the morning, one particular possibility concerns me the most. Was that person drinking at a bar the night before, and the business so recklessly over-served them that they were still drunk hours later?
If that happened, not only would taking responsibility for the victims' injuries be the least they could do, but ensuring a business that irresponsible faced appropriate consequences would be crucial for the safety of the community as a whole. It remains to be seen if authorities are as concerned with the well-being of those involved here as they should be.