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UPDATE: Jack Patton Killed in Car Accident on Verna Lee Blvd in Harker Heights, Texas


HARKER HEIGHTS, TX — Jack Patton was killed in a two-vehicle accident that was reported in Harker Heights, Texas on Thursday, November 27th, 2014. The news article from KWTX said that the accident happened around 3:30 Thursday morning.

21-year-old Jack Patton died when the vehicle he was in and another car collided while driving opposite directions on Verna Lee Boulevard. The news report did not say what vehicle crossed into the lanes of oncoming traffic.

Patton was pronounced dead by EMS personnel when they arrived at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle was identified as 29-year-old Hector Sorriano, who was flown by helicopter to Baylor Scott and White Hospital where he was being treated for his injuries.

The investigation is being handled by officials from the Harker Heights Police Department.

Scene of the Accident

Commentary:

While police are still working to determine what role – if any – alcohol may have played in this accident, many people wonder in situations like this how exactly an alcohol related accident and a regular accident differ, considering it is just a matter of two vehicles colliding. Well, believe it or not, there is a lot more to it. When dealing with an alcohol related accident, police are not just investigating a collision, but the potential crimes committed leading to the collision. Considering the majority of drunk drivers in Texas have recently left a bar, I’d also be looking where the offending driver came from before the accident. If they came from the bar, both the person that broke the law by getting behind the wheel drunk, and the bar that broke the law by serving somebody too much to drink need to be held accountable for the accident. Again though, the offending driver could have just nodded off at the wheel in the moments before the crash, and I could be way off base, but people need to know and understand these things so every angle can be looked at.

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