James Hudson, Louise Hudson Killed in Euless, TX, Car Accident
Euless, TX -- June 6, 2017, husband and wife James and Louise Hudson were both killed due to an accident where an alleged drunk driver caused a crash.
Euless Police and Fort Worth Police were called out to the accident scene at around 6:00 p.m. The fatal collision happened at the intersection of South Pipeline Road and South Main Street.
Preliminary details report that several cars were traveling through the intersection when a vehicle, driven by 37-year-old Kevin Undrel Jernigan, somehow caused a multi-vehicle collision. He then fled the scene.
One of the more severely damaged vehicles was that of James and Louise Hudson, ages 79 and 80 respectively. Authorities say that Louise was killed in the crash and pronounced deceased at the scene. James was transported to a hospital for treatment of critical injuries, but he died shortly afterward.
Police reported that Jernigan caused a second accident at another intersection after running a red light. He was arrested shortly afterward and now faces two counts of intoxication manslaughter.
No further information is currently available.
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It's incredible to me that some people can behave in such a reckless and selfish manner. If the reports are accurate about what happened in this accident, then I certainly hope the intoxicated driver is held accountable under the full extent of the law. But it's also important that people don't narrow their vision, since there may be a third party which contributed to this accident. Considering this crash involved an intoxicated driver, there needs to be a thorough investigation to determine where Mr. Jernigan got his alcohol. Depending on the findings, there could be a business which shares blame for this tragic accident.
In 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. Now while some people see this as someone drinking a beer or two, hitting a light pole, and suing the bar, the reality is that the vast majority of legitimate dram shop claims are for accidents like this one: innocent people suffering for the hazardous actions of a few. In these cases, the driver wasn't served just a drink, but rather upwards of 10 in some cases. At a certain point, there is no reasonable excuse for a bartender not to know the customer is obviously intoxicated.
To put it simply, if a licensed alcohol vendor over-serves its customers, it's breaking the law. Period. Our community has recognized that serving alcohol can be dangerous when handled irresponsibly. As such, bars and other businesses agree to the rules and regulations of its sale when they acquire a license. When they violate these rules, it's a blatant disregard of that agreement as well as the safety of the general public.
Despite what some may think, this is in no way a system to shift blame away from the drunk driver. As I mentioned above, he will face his time in a criminal court to answer for his actions. But to ignore the possibility that a business is out there contributing to these accidents with no recourse shouldn't be acceptable by anyone's standards. The fact of the matter is that anyone who contributes to these kinds of accidents must be held accountable for their actions. Otherwise, such dangerous behavior will continue and put our community at risk for future accidents.
--Grossman Law Offices