• December 19, 2022

Xzavien Grimble, Antownique Robertson, Anastasia Gray Killed in Car Accident on First St in Lufkin, TX

Lufkin, TX — December 17, 2022, Xzavien Grimble, Antownique Robertson, and Anastasia Gray died in a car accident on South First Street in Lufkin.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly after midnight on South First (U.S. Highway 59) near Champions Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests a 17-year-old driver was driving a Honda Accord south when he made an abrupt lane change into the path of a Ford Bronco, which rear-ended the sedan. The Honda then spun into the median and overturned, then hit a lamp post. The Bronco also traveled into the median and hit a second post.

Grimble (20), Robertson (18), and Gray (19), all passengers in the struck vehicle, were fatally injured in the crash. Three other passengers--Radaysha Jackson (18), Reilly Brown (19), and another 17-year-old--were transported to area hospitals for treatment of various injuries. Both drivers reportedly received minor injuries.

Police say the 17-year-old driver may face intoxication-related charges after the wreck.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Car Accident on South First St in Lufkin

Any time alcohol comes up as a possible reason for a crash it's concerning, but the driver being significantly under the legal drinking age is even more troubling. If blood tests confirm their suspicions about intoxication, I hope investigators will make it a point to learn where that young man's alcohol came from. Not only might a local business need to face consequences for serving an underage customer, but under Texas dram shop law they also might be liable for the many devastating injuries caused in the accident on South First Street.

Xzavien Grimble, Antownique Robertson, Anastasia Gray Killed; Radaysha Jackson, Reilly Brown, Omorion Lewis Injured in Lufkin, TX Car Accident

Obviously there are ways the teen might have gotten alcohol aside from buying it directly, but the mere possibility that a bar or other alcohol vendor broke important laws deserves careful investigation. So will authorities look into where the young driver was and what he did before the crash? Not only could that be instrumental in getting people some much-needed help, but it could also keep a bar or store from further endangering its customers and community. That seems like more than enough reason to ask some important questions.

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