The crash happened on September 10, 2022, in the 2700 block of Regency Drive in Grand Prairie. Police say that at about 8 p.m., a 6-year-old boy was struck by an SUV while attempting to cross the street from a residential area to a parking lot. He was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. 35-year-old Herschel Pearson was the driver of the SUV and has been charged with Intoxication Manslaughter. The investigation is ongoing and more details will be provided once available.
Even though the investigation is still ongoing, I don’t need all the details to tell you just how heartbreaking this is for the family involved. This crash highlights a serious problem plaguing our state. Just in the last week alone, I have read about four fatal crashes involving juveniles who lost their lives. There are countless others across the state, not to mention all the accidents involving adults. These senseless crimes need to stop, but how?
It is obvious that the problem with drunk drivers is not new to our state. It’s been happening for many years and became such a problem that our legislators passed the Dram Shop law. This law allows victims and their families to sue bars for their losses when it is caused as a result of them overserving a customer who leaves their establishment intoxicated and goes on to injure or kill someone. The bar can be prosecuted both civilly and criminally for their actions. You may be wondering why this is important. Certainly, criminal prosecution of the intoxicated person is a first step in seeking justice, but it does little to help the families and victims left behind suffering emotionally and financially as a result of their actions. And truth be told, bad bars will likely continue breaking the law until they are prosecuted and made to pay financially.
As is the case in legal actions, a quick and thorough investigation is necessary to gather and preserve evidence. It appears law enforcement is working hard to make sure they uncover all the facts in this case. Even when all the facts are available, a grieving family might need help navigating this process during such a difficult time. This is when a knowledgeable third party being involved can be very helpful for them as they seek justice and try to begin to move forward with their lives.