Authorities from the Texas Highway Patrol have released a statement to the public that has identified the individuals that were killed in a chain-reaction accident in Rendon, TX on Saturday, June 15th, 2013. Officials with details of the investigation currently have reason to believe that both Hollie and Shelby Boyles were killed when they were struck by a vehicle for reasons currently under investigation as they helped a disabled motorist along Burleson Retta Road.
Scene of the Accident
According to the report released by authorities, both Hollie and Shelby Boyles sustained massive injuries in the accident and were subsequently pronounced dead on the scene by emergency response personnel when they arrived. The driver of the offending vehicle has since been identified as 17-year-old Ethan Couch, who is currently being investigated for drunk driving. Police have stated that Couch came from a party where alcohol was supplied. Officials from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission are currently investigating who supplied the alcohol for the minors. The investigation into the accident remains active and ongoing.
While the investigation into this accident is only in it’s infancy, a few facts reported by news sources raise quite a few questions. According to the reports, the underage driver of the initial vehicle came from a party where alcohol was furnished. In the State of Texas, there exists a provision called Social Host Liability for Intoxicated Minors. Essentially, if it discovered that alcohol was irresponsibly served to minors, then the individual responsible for hosting the party can and should be held accountable. I am not advocating that a drunk driver go unpunished, I’m simply a supporter of punishing all responsible parties accordingly. If bars, restaurants, and party hosts could operate more responsibly, then more accidents could ultimately be prevented, and this is the change we strive to attain. If the drunk-driving fatality problem in the State of Texas is to be adequately addressed, then every factor, both drinkers and bars or nightclubs must be held to a higher standard then they presently are.
–Grossman Law Offices