• May 02, 2017

Lindsay Weems Killed in Accident in Carrollton, TX

Carrollton, TX -- A suspected alcohol-related incident in the area of Carrollton, TX claimed the life of 24-year-old Lindsay Weems Monday, April 1, 2017.

According to police, Ms. Weems had been involved in a single-vehicle crash in which her vehicle struck the median on I-35. Two passersby stopped to render aid, and while the three were outside their vehicles, Ms. Weems was struck by a passing pickup truck traveling at a high rate of speed.

Ms. Weems was killed at the scene of the incident.

The driver of the truck, 19-year-old Jordan Landaverde, and an unidentified female passenger attempted to flee the scene of the incident; both were caught a short time later.

Mr. Landaverde faces a charge of intoxication manslaughter.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Commentary

I've read the TABC investigations into underage alcohol sales and I was surprised to see how often establishments in certain areas were caught breaking the law in sting operations; the percentage was much higher than expected.

Whether or not there's a liquor liability law violation in this case--meaning, whether or not the underage driver in this incident was negligently served by a licensed provider--becomes secondary to finding out where he procured the alcohol.

The moment the 19-year-old driver in this crash consumed alcohol, he already broke the law. If he purchased alcohol at a bar or liquor store, the driver and the establishment that sold to him were both in violation of the law. The fact is, the driver is 19-years-old and should not have been drinking.

There's no doubt that if he's found guilty of intoxication manslaughter, he should face the consequences of his actions. But, as a community, in order to send a message to alcohol retailers, we need to know where it was he got his booze, and ensure they face the consequences for their hand in this crash.

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