Local news reports in Amarillo, TX stated that Jared Cook, 29, was injured in a suspected drunk driving accident on July 27, 2012. According to sources, Cook was a passenger in Alexander Eisenman’s Ford, which was struck by a driver who may have been influenced by alcohol.
Scene of the Accident
Police said that Eisenman’s Ford was struck by a Toyota driven by 19-year old Jacob William Lee at the intersection of 34th Avenue and South Coulter Road. Eisenman and Lee were not seriously injured but Cook was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The accident happened at about 4:00 in the morning. Lee was subsequently charged with intoxicated assault and arrested.
Probably the most dangerous time to be driving is late at night after bars close and the patrons are heading home. Less than every two minutes someone is seriously injured by a drunk driver. All of the facts of this case are not known but there could be civil liability against the driver. His arrest and potential conviction for intoxicated assault could be used against him in a civil trial if he is guilty.
Additionally, if he was leaving a bar at the time of the accident, under Texas dram shop laws there may also be liability against the bar or staff. It is illegal in Texas for a bar to serve a person who is already obviously intoxicated. When people are injured due to the intoxication of others it is the responsibility of the criminal justice system and the civil tort system to hold them accountable for their actions.