• January 04, 2023

Dustin Howard, Kevin Miller Killed in Wrong-Way Crash on US-67 in Erath County, TX

Erath County, TX — December 22, 2022, 33-year-old Dustin Howard and 62-year-old Kevin Miller died in a wrong-way crash on U.S. Highway 67 in Erath County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:30 p.m. on US-67 near County Road 195. Preliminary investigation suggests Miller was driving a Jeep Wrangler east in the inside westbound lane of the highway, against traffic, when he crashed head-on into a GMC van driven by Howard. Both vehicles spun away from the impact site and came to rest nearby.

Howard and Miller were fatally injured in the crash. Investigators alleged Miller had consumed alcohol prior to the accident.

No further information is currently available.

Investigators seem to think the man driving against traffic was impaired by alcohol at the time. I have no reason to dispute that, but I hope rather than simply assume it they will also conduct the relevant tests in search of proof. Some may not see a reason to do that since his sad passing means he's beyond any legal consequences, but confirming (or disproving) that alcohol was a factor could have farther-reaching implications than people realize. Depending on where it came from, another party may be responsible for the terrible damage done in the crash.

The majority of drunk driving occurs after people leave businesses that help get those drivers far too intoxicated to safely operate their vehicles. When licensed alcohol vendors like bars and restaurants keep pouring drinks for someone who's clearly past their limits, they break Texas dram shop law. If that happens, they may be responsible for for any injuries their intoxicated customers cause--even to themselves.

To be clear, even if investigators believe alcohol played a part that's not the same as proving it. I don't know more than reports can say and I'm not claiming that drinking was a factor, let alone that an Erath County business provided too much of it to the wrong-way driver. Will police even look into that possibility, though? Not only do the victims' loved ones deserve the whole story, but if a business was partly responsible for their loss then it should be held accountable.

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