A major wreck left Dennis Gathungu, 27, in the hospital early Saturday morning. The Lubbock Police Department’s Major Crash Unit is investigating it now. On August 13, at 2:49 a.m. Lubbock Police were dispatched to the 3800 block of North Loop 289 due to reports of a single-vehicle collision.
Officers arrived and discovered Gathungu, with severe injuries. He was taken by ambulance to University Medical Center. According to the first findings of the investigation, Gathungu was involved in another accident at the intersection of North Winston Avenue and the North Loop 289 westbound access road before leaving the scene and causing this crash. After the initial collision, the car continued on North Loop 289 in the main lanes while traveling east in the westbound lanes. The car left the road at the 3800 block of North Loop 289, between the main westbound lanes and the westbound access road, struck two signs and a light pole, then rolled numerous times.
Alcohol is often a contributing factor in early morning, single-vehicle accidents. While it’s true that this happens frequently, especially over holidays and weekends, It may be wrong to assume the victim was intoxicated but wonder if alcohol was involved in this crash. If alcohol is a factor in the crash, Texas has a Dram Shop law that holds an alcohol provider such as a nightclub, bar or package store liable for someone’s injuries or death if they were responsible for overserving that person before a crash. If this happens, a victim or their family would have the right to hold the business accountable for their role in the crash. Pursuing the Dram Shop claim is very important to society. It can hold an establishment accountable and hopefully deter other bars and restaurant owners from overselling alcohol to intoxicated patrons.