• January 18, 2023

Cole McLawchlin, Kenzie Wiggins, Dawn McLawchlin, Michael McLawchlin Injured in Alleged Drunk Driving Accident in Polk County, TX

Polk County, TX -- December 11, 2022, Cole McLawchlin, Kenzie Wiggins, and two others were injured due to an alleged drunk driving accident.

Preliminary details released by authorities said that the crash happened at around 12:50 a.m. along US Highway 190 just off FM 3126.

Details say that 49-year-old Dawn McLawchlin, 50-year-old Michael McLawchlin, 21-year-old Cole McLawchlin, and 20-year-old Kenzie Wiggins were in a Ford F-150 which was in the left turn lane facing westbound waiting to turn. From oncoming lanes, it appears that a Dodge Durango crossed the center line and hit the Ford head-on.

Cole and Kenzie were said to have incapacitating injuries as a result of the crash. Dawn and Michael's injuries were described as non-incapacitating. It's unclear if the Dodge driver was hurt.

Right now, information suggests that the Dodge driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash. More information is needed before this can be confirmed.

Cole McLawchlin, Kenzie Wiggins, Dawn McLawchlin, Michael McLawchlin Injured in Alleged Drunk Driving Accident in Polk County, TX

If those claims are confirmed, it's just another shameful example of the dangers of drunk driving and why every possible step needs to be taken to fix the problems Texas seems to have with intoxicated drivers. I've had too many families come to me with their lives turned upside down because some idiot decided they couldn't walk or call for a ride share.

Beyond that, there is also no shortage of businesses playing their own part in these awful accidents. Not long ago, for example, I had a family come to me after their son was seriously hurt when a drunk driver turned the wrong way down the street and hit the family's car head on. As we looked into the man's steps leading up to the crash, we were disgusted at the behavior we uncovered.

The drunk driver had been drinking at a happy hour following his shift. While there, evidence showed he bought drink after drink, and he became intoxicated to the point he could barely walk to and from the bathroom. Despite his obvious intoxication, the bar continued to illegally over-serve him before sending him on his merry way to nearly kill a young kid.

I can at least find solace in the fact those folks got the help they needed and that we live in a state that takes these kinds of accidents seriously by providing serious potential consequences through the criminal courts and potential tools for the victims and families to utilize in the civil courts. Having dealt with countless reckless drivers and businesses that harm their communities, I feel a responsibility to share this knowledge with the public as much as possible. Unless the number of drunk driving accidents somehow drops to 0 overnight, that mission continues.

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