Steven Green Killed in Crash with Alleged DWI Driver on SH 121 in Plano, TX
Plano, TX — October 3, 2022, 52-year-old Steven Green was fatally injured in an auto accident with an alleged drunk driver on State Highway 121 in Plano.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:10 a.m. on SH 121 at Preston Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Green was driving a Ford F-150 east on the highway, approaching Preston Road with a green light. Nearby a Volkswagen Taos SUV was southbound on Preston heading toward the same intersection.
Police alleged the VW driver disregarded a red light and continued south, then crashed into the driver's side of the F-150 in the crossroads. After the impact both vehicles spun away and the Ford caught fire.
Green was fatally injured in the collision and subsequent fire. The VW driver was seriously injured and was transported to an area hospital. Police suspected her of being under the influence of alcohol; blood test results allegedly showed she had an approximate BAC of .188.
No further information is currently available.
Test results seem to confirm that the suspect in this accident was intoxicated when it happened. That may mean criminal charges will follow, and that seems justified considering the terrible damage caused by her poor choices. However, it seems to me like everyone who made bad choices with respect to that intoxication should be held accountable. That's why it's important to know about Texas dram shop law.
If further investigations find that a licensed alcohol vendor over-served the suspect prior to the accident, that business may be responsible for the damage she caused and suffered under dram shop law. It may then have a duty to make what amends it can to everyone affected by the crash it helped cause. Not every DWI accident starts with a bad bar, but the source of the alcohol is an important detail to learn during a full investigation.
Dram shop law is a valuable but often-unknown tool used to help people whose lives are so often changed by these accidents. Moreover, it teaches negligent businesses a harsh lesson about getting their priorities in order. Despite all that, police don't always look into whether a local business had a hand in serious crashes like this one. Was it considered in Plano?