Police have arrested and charged 30-year-old Jeremy Spencer for his involvement in a crash that led to the death of one teen and the serious bodily injury of two others. At around 5 p.m. on September 9, 2022, Garland police responded to a crash on Castle Drive near Toler Drive. Police believe that a black Dodge pickup truck driven by Jeremy Spencer, was traveling northbound on Castle Drive when it crossed the median and collided head-on with a gray SUV traveling southbound. The SUV was occupied by a 37-year-old woman, and two juveniles. The vehicles then caught on fire. Multiple people were transported to the hospital in critical condition. Brooklyn Moran, her teammates call her “Mighty”, a 13-year-old eighth grader from Sachse, has died. A 37-year-old woman still remains in critical condition. Police arrested Spencer then transported him to the hospital for his injuries. He was believed to be impaired and has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault with a vehicle – serious bodily injury.
Jeremy Spencer – Mugshot
Drunk driving is such an insidious crime. It takes the innocent lives of others when it is least suspected. For a Sacshe family, what was supposed to be a night of fun turned tragic. Now, a family and community are grieving the loss of a loved one and a young man is behind bars for a senseless crime that never should have happened. In just the last week, I have personally heard about three local drunk driving crashes taking the lives of juveniles going about their lives with their family and friends. This must stop and it seems the only way for it to happen is to hit the wallets of those involved in the sale of alcohol.
When you hear about a crash like this, it is tempting to immediately think of the family receiving justice by criminally convicting the drunk driver responsible for the crash. While that’s a very important component in the measure of justice, what about the financial and emotional burden that is left behind? How can a person ever receive justice for the loss of a loved one? The truth is, you can’t. But, Texas legislators have passed a law that helps families recover financially for some of those losses. The Texas Dram Shop law holds establishments responsible for selling alcohol to obviously intoxicated people by allowing victims to sue the establishment involved directly. So basically, if a bar, restaurant, event center, store, etc. sells to an intoxicated customer and they go out and hurt themselves or others, they can be held both criminally and civilly liable.
We don’t have all the details about this crash because the investigation is still ongoing but we do know it needs to be thorough in order to preserve evidence necessary to prosecute those involved. In this case, the police were aware that this driver was impaired early on. Their quick action to arrest and then transport him to the hospital likely produced a toxicology test able to confirm their suspicions. One of the questions that remains is, “Where was he drinking?” The answer to that question is needed to help the family understand what happened and begin the process of grieving by holding those responsible for their loss accountable. Unfortunately, it seems like the only way to stop bad bars by hitting them where it hurts – their wallets.