• January 18, 2023

David Gardner Injured in Crash with Alleged DWI Driver on 45th Ave in Amarillo, TX

Amarillo, TX — December 31, 2022, 62-year-old David Gardner was injured in a crash with an alleged drunk driver on 45th Avenue in Amarillo.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:22 p.m. on 45th Ave near Canyon Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests a BMW sedan was traveling west on the roadway when the driver attempted to turn left onto the southbound Canyon Drive frontage road. A witness told investigators that driver ran a light and failed to yield to Gardner's eastbound Ford Edge, which had a green light and the right-of-way. The vehicles crashed in the intersection.

Gardner was seriously injured in the collision. The BMW driver reportedly received minor injuries.

Investigators suspected the driver who failed to yield of being under the influence of alcohol; blood tests allegedly showed he had a BAC of .155 at the time of the crash.

No further information is currently available.

If blood tests were accurate in Amarillo and intoxication played a part in the wreck on 45th Avenue, that may mean the alleged drunk driver will face some serious consequences. That seems warranted given how dangerous drunk driving is, but ensuring that person has a day in court may actually not be the end of the story.

It surprises many people to learn that drunk drivers often have "accomplices" of a sort. If licensed alcohol providers like bars and restaurants knowingly over-serve them, Texas law may hold those businesses partly responsible for any injuries their over-intoxicated patrons cause or suffer. They may face criminal consequences, administrative penalties, and even civil liability for the damage done.

David Gardner Injured in Crash with Alleged DWI Driver on 45th Ave in Amarillo, TX

Texas law makes over-service of alcohol illegal, but you'd never know it to see some businesses keep refilling the glasses of folks who can barely sit up straight. Whether a negligent bar had any hand in the crash on 45th remains to be seen, but ensuring that any such business cleans up its act is obviously important. Unfortunately law enforcement doesn't always have the time or resources to investigate that part, but hopefully Amarillo authorities will ensure everyone responsible for that crash is held accountable.

*We appreciate your feedback and welcome anyone to comment on our blog entries, however all visitor blog comments must be approved by the site moderator prior to showing live on the site. By submitting a blog comment you acknowledge that your post may appear live on the site for any visitors to see, pending moderator approval. The operators of this site are not responsible for the accuracy or content of the comments made by site visitors. By submitting a comment, blog post, or email to this site you acknowledge that you may receive a response with regard to your questions or concerns. If you contact Grossman Law Offices using this online form, your message will not create an attorney-client relationship and will not necessarily be treated as privileged or confidential! You should not send sensitive or confidential information via the Internet. Since the Internet is not necessarily a secure environment, it is not possible to ensure that your message sent via the Internet might be kept secure and confidential. When you fill out a contact or comment form, send us an email directly, initiate a chat session or call us, you acknowledge we may use your contact information to communicate with you in the future for marketing purposes, but such marketing will always be done in an ethical way.