Midland County, TX May 2021, 48-year-old James Alan Hollins was injured in a traffic accident on Business Interstate 20 in Midland County.
Authorities say the incident occurred around 11:45 p.m. on Business 20 near mile 316. Preliminary investigation suggests Hollins was driving a Ford Focus on Business 20’s north service street and pulling up at a stop-sign controlled intersection . At the same time, a Honda Civic was driving west on the freeway. Hollins reportedly refused to give in to the oncoming traffic and pulled into the lanes heading west, turning into Honda’s path. The left fronts of the vehicles collided, spinning a short distance in opposite directions before coming to a stop.
Hollins was seriously injured in the collision and was charged with failing to give in at an intersection. Investigators collected blood samples to test for poisoning.
The Honda rider was reportedly uninjured.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on James Hollin’s accident on BI-20 in Midland County
Police established suspicions that alcohol may have played a role, although reports are not clear on how they concluded this. It may only have been due to the general circumstances of the crash, but regardless, they were collecting samples for testing. If these tests confirm that the suspect was compromised at the time of the crash, further investigation may need to be carried out to see if a local company broke the breach Dram-Laden Act by overwhelming the suspect.
The Dram Shop Act prohibits a company from selling or serving alcohol to an obviously drunk customer. That may not be the case in Midland County when alcohol isn’t even a certain factor, but it is worth considering when its consumption may be the cause of a victim’s injury – even if the victim is allegedly drunk Person.
I hate to say that, but even if the test results confirm that poisoning was a factor, I have my doubts that the police will investigate possible negligence on the part of an alcohol provider. I don’t mean this as a criticism of law enforcement, but in my experience, few jurisdictions place much emphasis on dram shop violations. They could notify the TABC if the name of a particular company is mentioned during their investigation, but in general it’s not a lead that they go very far.
The reality is that dram shop violations are far more serious than this approach suggests and must be nipped in the bud for reasons of public safety. If the police don’t care which facility may have caused a serious accident, then perhaps an independent investigator should be brought in to ensure they get the attention they deserve.