Diane Luckett Killed in Alleged DWI Accident on Seymour Highway in Wichita Falls, TX
UPDATE (March 29, 2023): Current reports show that the woman injured in the crash succumbed to her injuries. She was identified as Diane Luckett. The driver allegedly responsible for the crash that killed Luckett is now said to be facing a charge for intoxication manslaughter.
Wichita Falls, TX -- March 16, 2023, a woman was injured after an accident where a vehicle crashed into her on Seymour Highway.
Authorities said that the incident happened at the intersection of Seymour Highway and Loop 11.
A 68-year-old woman was said to be in a vehicle going eastbound on the highway when she attempted to make a left turn. That's when, according to police, a vehicle ran a red light, crashing into her. This sent the woman to a hospital with injuries initially said to be life-threatening. The other driver was arrested for allegations of intoxication assault.
Right now, additional details are unavailable, including whether police believe this is a drunk driving wreck or one that involved drugs. I know it may not seem like that distinction matters, but accidents involving alcohol can be uniquely complex. Not are drunk drivers responsible for the harm caused by their actions, but the businesses that serve them may, as well.
Folks may have seen headlines from time to time about alcohol providers facing fines and license suspensions or even employees facing criminal charges. That's due to things such as serving minors, serving obviously intoxicated customers, serving liquor without the proper license, etc. This can open them up to all kinds of penalties from local authorities, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, or even liability under dram shop law for the injuries caused by their actions.
Considering these legal avenues don't get much attention in the public eye, it's not exactly surprising when reports don't clarify the details surrounding a driver's alleged intoxication. My concern, though, is whether or not authorities are taking proper steps behind the scenes to ensure the victims involved know their rights.