• December 20, 2022

Vikash Sharma, Ganesh Mohan Injured in Motorcycle Accident on SH 36 in Fort Bend County, TX

Fort Bend County, TX — December 4, 2022, Vikash Sharma and Ganesh Mohan were injured in a crash with a suspected DWI driver on Highway 36 in Fort Bend County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 4:20 p.m. on State Highway 36 at Jeske Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Sharma and Mohan were riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles side by side in the northbound lane of the highway. Nearby, a 17-year-old male was driving a Chevy Tahoe east on Jeske when he allegedly failed to stop for a posted sign at the SH 36 intersection. The Tahoe continued east and crashed into Sharma. Mohan swerved and avoided the SUV but ran off the road and crashed into a ditch.

Sharma, 41, and Mohan, 40, were seriously injured in the crash.

The teen driver reportedly left the scene without stopping but was located a few miles away. Investigators reportedly suspected he was under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Vikash Sharma, Ganesh Mohan Accident in Fort Bend County

Any time alcohol comes up as a possible reason for a crash it's concerning, but if evidence confirms that 17-year-old really was under the influence of alcohol when he hit the victims and ran that's even more trouble. In that case investigators would clearly need to find out where that teen's alcohol came from. Any local business that provided it to him directly should face consequences for serving an underage customer, but under Texas dram shop law they also might be liable for the damage he caused to the victims.

Dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for any damages he causes while under the influence. I've found that any business reckless (or at least incompetent) enough to serve a 17-year-old probably won't take issue with over-serving him while they're at it. If such a business sold or served too much alcohol to the young driver and he then those riders due to his impairment, that establishment may have a duty to make amends for the part it played in crash on Highway 36.

Obviously there are many ways the suspect could have gotten alcohol besides buying it directly, but the mere possibility that a business broke one or more important laws deserves careful investigation. So will authorities look into where the young driver was and what he did there before the crash? Not only could that be instrumental in getting two injured men some much-needed help, but it could also help protect a community from further carelessness by a local alcohol seller. That seems like more than enough reason to start asking some questions.

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