Tatiana Grigg Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on Reagan Memorial Highway in Arlington, TX
Arlington, TX — December 10, 2022, 31-year-old passenger Tatiana Grigg was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident by Interstate 30 in Arlington.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:30 a.m. on the I-30 (Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway) service road near Six Flags Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Grigg was riding in an eastbound Ram pickup on the service road when the 36-year-old driver allegedly failed to maintain a single lane. The pickup ran off the road to the left, jumped a curb, and crashed into a concrete bridge pillar.
Grigg and the driver, both allegedly not wearing seat belts, were seriously injured in the crash. Investigators suspected the driver was intoxicated and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Tatiana Grigg Accident in Arlington
People often feel that DWI accidents like this one is thought to be are relatively simple matters. Someone drives drunk (by which I mean clear evidence proves it), they get charged and have their day in court, and justice is more or less served. In some cases that's about the size of things, but what people don't always realize is that another party--an "accomplice" of sorts--too often gets away with the part it played in these crashes. That's why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law, a licensed alcohol vendor like a bar or restaurant (or a club, or a store) isn't allowed to sell or serve more drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer. If their staff can tell one way or another that someone's past his limits but hand over more alcohol anyway, dram shop law says that business may be liable for any injuries he causes or suffers while excessively impaired.
Not every drunk driving crash starts with a bar illegally over-serving someone, but the source of their drinks is an important detail to work out during a full investigation. Unfortunately I've learned over the years that police rarely prioritize finding that out, even though it could mean stopping a bar from further endangering its customers and community. If there's potential to make the roads safer AND to help two injured people, doesn't that seem like more than enough reason for someone to look into it?