• January 31, 2017

Daly Sutton Killed, Genise Sutton Hurt in Alleged DUI Accident in Houston, TX

Houston, TX -- A suspected DUI collision in the area of Houston, TX claimed the lives of Genise and Daly Sutton Saturday, January 28, 2017.

The incident took place near the 14000 block of North Freeway about 12:15 a.m.

It looks like a Corvette driven by 45-year-old Jose Flores slammed into the back of a Kia occupied by the deceased victims. The collision forced the Kia from the roadway, where it collided with a concrete wall. The passenger in the Kia, Daly Sutton, was killed in the incident. The Kia's driver, Genise Sutton, was left with serious injuries.

The cause of the collision is unclear, but police say they believe alcohol was a factor.

The investigation is ongoing.

There was no further information available at the time of the report.

map of the area

Commentary

It's an immutable fact that our nation faces a serious issue with the problem of drunk driving. Read any news source and you'll find a profusion of stories of drunk drivers, indifferent to the law, casting the safety of the general public to the wayside. There's none of the typical media sensationalism at play here. But, what often goes unmentioned by the media is the role played by bars in alcohol related accidents. The inattention regarding a bars involvement in DUI accidents may be in part because the very mention of it seems to stir up a deluge of controversy.

Thankfully, the Texas state legislature, recognizing the need for more comprehensive drunk driving laws, adopted what is known as a dram shop law. The law states that bars that unlawfully serve alcohol to already intoxicated individuals can be held liable if these individuals hurt themselves or others. This not only punishes those who irresponsibly serve intoxicated individuals, it goes a long way in ensuring bars and liquor establishments do a better job of training their staff and protecting the public. The article below is a good resource explaining the particulars of dram shop law.

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Take the accident in Houston, Texas for example. If it turns out the alleged drunk driver was drinking at a bar prior to the accident, then we are left with a family devastated, while the bar involved adds up the receipts, and counts down the till. And while dram shop law will always inspire an outcry of dissension, the above scenario is hardly anyone's idea of true justice.

--Grossman Law Offices

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