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1 Killed, 1 Ejected in Early Morning Crash in Dallas

GuestandGrayLogoOne person was killed early Sunday after a car crashed in downtown Dallas.

Police were called at about 3 a.m. to where Elm, Main and Commerce meet at the end of Dealey Plaza.

Dallas police said a 2017 Lexus was on Elm Street at a high rate of speed and failed to make the curve in the street as it passes under the rail overpass. Police said the car hit the concrete bridge support.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger was not using a seatbelt and was ejected from the car. The passenger was taken to Parkland Hosptial in critical condition.

The identity of the driver has not been released by the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office. For more information or updates on the accident, click here.

Commentary:

While the actual circumstances of the accident are not clear, the time of night they were out and the way the accident occurred, it would not be surprising if alcohol played a role in this accident. If so, and the driver and passenger had recently left a bar, then the family of the driver and surviving passenger need to look into whether the bar has any liability for the accident under Texas’ Dram Shop laws. If alcohol is not a factor, then after the investigation is conducted by the police as to the cause of the accident, the victims of the accident should be compensated for whoever’s negligence caused or contributed to the accident. They likely have viable causes of accident for negligence, negligence per se and possibly even gross negligence.