• May 15, 2017

Harris County, TX: One Killed, One Hurt in Alleged DUI ATV Accident at Chrisman & Lauder Road

Houston, TX -- A suspected alcohol-related crash in northeast Harris County, TX left one unidentified person dead and a second person with injuries.

The incident took place at Chrisman and Lauder Road.

According to the report, the two men were riding the ATV when it ran a stop sign, quickly taking a turn. The vehicle then flipped over, killing the driver at the scene of the crash, and leaving the passenger hospitalized.

Police were initially under the impression the vehicle was hit by a second vehicle. That angle is yet to be confirmed.

Police also say they believe alcohol was a factor in the fatal crash.

The investigation is ongoing.

map of the area

Commentary

As of now, the possibility alcohol was a factor is merely speculative. It will take a more in-depth investigation to determine if alcohol was pivotal in this incident. Nonetheless, if an investigation determines alcohol was involved, the next reasonable step would be to determine who sold these individuals their booze.

Why is this important? Under Texas dram shop law, alcohol vendors that serve obviously intoxicated individuals may be held liable if those individuals go on and bring harm to themselves or others. In this crash, this might be applicable if a more thorough, subjective investigation reveals the victims were served by a bar or liquor store that knew they were too intoxicated to drive safely.

Again, investigating the possibility alcohol was involved is in its infant stages. At this time, there's no way of knowing for sure if the operator of the ATV was intoxicated. If these individuals were over-served, that establishment needs to be investigated in the hopes their reckless disregard for the safety of others can be brought to a full stop.

--Grossman Law Offices

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