• May 15, 2017

Beaumont, TX: Brandi Milliner Killed in DUI Accident

Beaumont, TX -- A crash in the area of Beaumont, TX claimed the life of 37-year-old Brandi Milliner Saturday, May 12, 2017.

According to the early media reports, Ms. Milliner stopped at the scene of an earlier crash near 4600 Eastex freeway to provide assistance. Around 12:30 a.m., a vehicle driven by 33-year-old Patrick Grandchampt approached the scene, striking Ms. Milliner as she was outside her vehicle.

Ms. Milliner was taken to a nearby hospital, but was declared dead on arrival.

Mr. Grandchampt faces a charge of intoxication manslaughter related to the incident.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Commentary

When we think of drunk driving crashes, we often associate them with people struck while within a vehicle, or a pedestrian attempting to cross a roadway being hit by intoxicated drivers. That being said, reading about a good Samaritan being killed by a suspected drunk driver is not as rare as you might think.

And that's what really gets under my skin here. We have a woman who out of the kindness of her heart stopped to render aid and stayed after other drivers had already left the scene, only to be struck and killed by a reckless individual who police believe was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

But, just as egregious is the possibility that the driver had an "accomplice" in this crash. By "accomplice" I don't mean to imply there was a second person in the vehicle enabling the suspect, but the chance an alcohol vendor, against better judgment, may have over-served this individual.

By definition, an "accomplice" is someone who helps another person commit a crime. So, how does this apply to bars that over-serve patrons? Well, in doing so, according to Texas liquor liability law, these bars may be held liable as they bear their portion of the responsibility by providing drinks to patrons that are obviously intoxicated.

Look at it this way. If two people get together and foolishly decide that robbing bank is a grand idea, we don't bring the guy holding the gun to justice while rewarding the getaway driver by leaving him free to count up the profits. In this regard, drunk driving crashes are no different. We as a community can no longer sit back and allow bars that illegally over-serve patrons go free to conduct their business at the expense of innocent lives.

--Grossman Law Offices

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