Cody Brummett Killed in Car Accident in Henderson County, TX
Henderson County, TX — September 6, 2023, Cody Brummett was killed due to a single-vehicle car accident at around 8:15 p.m. along Highway 198.
Officials said in their preliminary statements that the crash happened near Highway 198 and Porthville Drive, southeast of Payne Springs.
According to public information, 23-year-old Cody Brummett was identified as the driver of a Chevy pickup said to be going northbound on the highway. The vehicle apparently drifted off-road before then losing control, leaving the opposite side of the road, and overturning into a tree. Due to the crash, Brummett sustained fatal injuries.
While details cannot be entirely confirmed right now, authorities mentioned test results allegedly showing the driver's blood-alcohol content was over three and a half times the legal limit. Now, I don't bring this up to speak ill of this young man. That's not my place. On the contrary, most every alcohol-related case I've handled where someone had that level of alcohol in them ended up with a bartender being criminally charged. Did that happen here at all?
Allow me to explain why I feel the need to talk about this. Simply put, it's illegal in Texas to over-serve someone who is obviously intoxicated. At around twice the legal limit, most everyone would show some basic signs of intoxication—slurred words, unsteady walk, glassy eyes, etc. At nearly twice that, the amount of alcohol in the person's system alone could prove fatal. It would be all but obvious someone was being over-served well before they ever got to that level of intoxication, and a business that helped them get to that point is almost guaranteed to have broken the law.
With that in mind, hopefully readers can understand my concern when I see authorities claim that a driver had that much alcohol in their system, and there isn't a single word about where the alcohol came from, whether or not authorities may be considering charges, or even if they're investigating where the alcohol came from at all. It makes me wonder: have authorities given more details to the victim's loved ones behind the scenes, or are they as in the dark as the rest of the general public?