Grace Countryman Injured in Auto Accident on University Parks Dr in Waco, TX
Waco, TX — December 16, 2022, 19-year-old Grace Countryman was seriously injured in a crash with a suspected drunk driver on University Parks Drive in Waco.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:05 a.m. on South University Parks near Garden Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests a Jeep Compass was traveling north on the roadway as Countryman was driving a Chevrolet Trax southward on the other side. The Jeep driver allegedly crossed left of center and the two vehicles crashed in the southbound lane. After the impact the Chevy rolled over.
Grace Countryman was seriously injured in the collision. The Jeep driver, 21-year-old Kendall Richards, reportedly received possible injuries. Investigators alleged she may have been under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
If blood tests confirm the crossover driver was intoxicated as police believe, that may mean she'll have to answer to the state for her choices that night. Drunk driving is a serious problem on Texas roads and it's only right that the people who do so face consequences for putting people in danger. However, in these situations the driver may not be the only one to hold responsible for the damage done. That's why it's important to know about Texas dram shop law.
If a local bar or other alcohol vendor illegally over-served the suspect before she drove, under dram shop law it may share some of the responsibility for the crash and the injuries that followed. If so, it could have a duty to help the injured victim get back on her feet.
I'm not saying police suspicions about alcohol are true, and I'm definitely not pointing fingers at any Waco business for illegally liquoring up a customer. If DWI is confirmed by evidence, however, then the source of the "I" part is an important--but often overlooked--detail. Any business prioritizing a few more bucks over its legal obligation to public safety is in serious need of a harsh lesson, and if that might help a young woman recover from her injuries that's even more reason to look into it.