• May 26, 2017

Robert Yarbrough Killed in Accident in Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth, TX -- An alleged alcohol-related incident in the area of Fort Worth, TX claimed the life of 32-year-old Robert Yarbrough Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

The incident happened on the Jim Wright Freeway around 8:30 p.m.

According to the report, the victim was the passenger of a vehicle driven by an unidentified 20-year-old female. It appears the vehicle was speeding, and when Mr. Yarbrough asked her to slow down, the woman pulled the emergency brake. The vehicle lost control, causing the crash.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Mr. Yarbrough was injured in the incident, but died two days later.

The exact cause is yet to be determined, but police say they believe the driver was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

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Commentary

Early media reports suggest alcohol played a role in this crash. This seems a reasonable deduction considering how out of the ordinary it would be for a sober driver to pull the emergency brake while speeding down the highway.

Maybe you're asking yourself, "The driver was only 21-years-old, how did she buy booze?" Well, ask a few students at TCU where underage people can buy booze and I'm sure you'd get an overwhelming response. In fact, sting operations conducted by the TABC of liquor establishments in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area unveiled several retailers got popped for selling booze to underage individuals.

I can safely say this is one activity the general public frowns upon. In fact, Texas state legislators passed laws addressing this issue known as Dram shop law.

Dram law holds liquor establishments liable when those they serve go on to cause harm to themselves and others. The law allows victims and their families to seek compensation from establishments who bring harm to their loved ones by enabling drunk drivers.

If further investigation reveals the driver in this case, though underage, purchased alcohol from a bar or market, the law may consider those establishments responsible in part for the injury caused by that driver.

Again, taking into account the details provided by the report, I don't think it would come as any great surprise if to learn alcohol was a factor. Nevertheless, this is only speculation. We probably won't know too much more about the incident until the outcome of a more thorough investigation.

I, for one, will be keeping an eye on this story. I can't help but desire to see justice done in drunk driving crashes. And in order to bring justice to the victims, all responsible parties should face the consequences of their recklessness.

--Grossman Law Offices

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