Khadijah Marcion, Children Injured in Car Accident in Harris County, TX
Harris County, TX -- December 28, 2022, Khadijah Marcion and three kids were injured due to an accident allegedly involving drunk driving.
Information made public by authorities said that the incident happened at around 9:10 p.m. along FM 1960 near Kuykendahl Road. Authorities said that 28-year-old Khadijah Marcion was in a vehicle traveling westbound along FM 1960. While doing so, a GMC Sierra also traveling northbound apparently failed to control speed and crashed into a Jeep Renegade. This caused the Jeep to hit Marcion's vehicle, forcing it off-road where it then hit a building.
Due to the crash, a 10-year-old girl in Marcion's vehicle was said to have incapacitating injuries. Two other children and Marcion had injuries said to be non-incapacitating. Police allege that the Sierra driver, identified as Jorge Garcia Pastor, was under the influence of alcohol at the time. There appear to be documents showing pending charges for intoxication assault. No further information can be confirmed at this time.
It goes without saying that allegations of drunk driving are incredibly serious. If those allegations prove true here, then steps toward seeing appropriate consequences are absolutely warranted. But people don't often realize just how complex these situations can be. It's not always just about seeing a driver have their day in court. There are often accomplices to these situations the authorities can overlook.
Not that long ago, a family came to me after a drunk driver turned the wrong way down the roadway and hit their car head-on, seriously injuring their young son. They were confused when I asked them if they knew where the driver got their alcohol. Why would that matter? Well, our investigations showed them why.
Through our investigations, we found the man had been drinking at a local bar after the work day. He proceeded to become obviously intoxicated (he could barely walk to the bathroom without almost falling over), yet the bar continued to serve him. In Texas, that's illegal. As such, the bar ended up being liable under dram shop law because their over-service contributed to a serious accident.
What the family likely thought was just some reckless driver needing DWI charges ended up being a complex situation involving multiple parties that criminal charges alone couldn't adequately address. I'm not saying anything like that happened here, but the responsible thing to do after any crash allegedly involving alcohol is to ensure the victims and families know they're getting all the facts.