Debra Bridgewater, Jennifer Kite, Michelle Harmon Injured in Alleged DWI Accident in Harris County, TX
Harris County, TX — October 13, 2023, Debra Bridgewater and another were injured following a possible DWI accident at around 4:00 p.m. on F.M. 1960.
Investigators said in preliminary statements that the crash occurred in the area of Farm-to-Market 1960 and Cloyanna Lane.
According to officials, 68-year-old Debra Bridgewater was in a Toyota Corolla, 30-year-old Jennifer Kite was in a Honda HR-V, and 51-year-old Michelle Andrea Harmon was in a Ford Fiesta all going westbound along F.M. 1960. Behind them at the F.M. 1960 and Lake Houston Parkway intersection, authorities say that a white Chevy Express van crashed into the back of a Kia Spectra, then drove away from that accident scene.
Approaching Bridgewater, Kite, and Harmon, the van again failed to control speed, authorities said, and it crashed into Bridgewater's vehicle just off the Kings Park Way intersection. This caused the Toyota to spin around, following which Kite's Honda crashed into. The Honda and Harmon's Ford then crashed, as well. The Chevy van ended up off the side of the road.
Details suggest that Bridgewater and Kite had incapacitating injuries while Harmon's injuries were called non-incapacitating. It's unconfirmed if anyone else was hurt. The driver of the van was allegedly under the influence of alcohol at the time, and DWI charges were recommended. It's unclear if any arrested were made, and no other charges have been stated at this time.
Authorities have certainly painted quite the chaotic picture here, but if all of these allegations are true, they haven't answered a question I can't get out of my head: Was this van driver drinking on the job?
A white Chevy Express van is usually used as a work vehicle. The fact this crash also happened in the middle of the afternoon makes me wonder if this van was being used for business purposes and whether or not the driver answers to any kind of boss or supervisor. If there was a local business allowing employees to drive their vehicles while intoxicated, that'd be a serious risk the community deserves to hear about. Are authorities looking into this possibility?