• May 26, 2017

Man Killed in Houston, TX, Single-Vehicle Accident on Holcombe

Houston, TX -- May 26, 2017, a man suffered fatal injuries following an accident in which his vehicle lost control and crashed on Holcombe Boulevard.

The Houston Police Department responded to the accident scene at approximately 2:15 a.m. near the intersection of Holcombe Boulevard and Cambridge Street.

Police investigators reported that a man, whose identity has yet to be released, was traveling along Holcombe in an SUV. For reasons not yet confirmed, the vehicle lost control and went off-road. As a result, it crashed into a brick wall.

The collision was severe enough the the driver was critically injured and trapped inside the vehicle. Rescue crews were able to extract the driver, but he died at the scene.

Police say that the accident is still under investigation.

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Commentary

I never like to speculate about accidents for which I don't have all the facts, but there needs to be a thorough investigation to determine if the victim was intoxicated and, if so, where he got his alcohol. It's very common to see accidents like this caused by intoxication, especially during these hours (this particular crash happening just 15 minutes after bars close). Not only that, but quite frankly, Houston has a horrific drunk driving problem. I can almost guarantee that every week I come in to work I'll hear about at least 3 or 4 drunk driving accidents from Houston. It's am awful trend, and it's up to the community to hold bars and other alcohol vendors accountable for their actions.

This is exactly why dram shop laws exist. In basic terms, Texas dram shop law states that a licensed alcohol vendor which over-serves alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer can be held liable for damages resulting from that person's intoxication. It's obvious that there are bars in Houston that haven't learned this lesson yet, and so they continue to irresponsibly and negligently over-serve their customers. To help combat this, victims and their families have the tools at their disposal to bring these businesses to justice for enabling these kinds of tragic accidents.

Like I said, I don't have any way of knowing for sure that alcohol was involved in this accident. However, given Houston's tendency to alcohol-related accidents and the possibility that a bar out there is breaking the law, this accident warrants nothing less than a complete and thorough investigation. Anyone who contributed to this accident must be brought to answer for their actions and face whatever sanctions the law provides.

--Grossman Law Offices

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