The defendants named by the suit Melissa Dwyer and Jerome Watkins filed in the District Court of Jefferson County, Texas on June 23 were The Dixie Dance Hall, Travis Darby, Independent Specialty Towing (who employed Darby), and Allstate Insurance Co.
Watkins’ parents also made a request that a temporary restraining order be placed on the defendants to prohibit them from tampering with evidence. The TRO was approved by Judge Bob Wortham on June 23, the same day the suit was filed.
On June 5, when the accident took place, Watkins was driving under the influence when she struck the tow truck of Darby head on.
According to Watkins’ parents, Darby allegedly caused the crash because he had "stopped his vehicle in the middle of the roadway."
Watkins parents have also filed suit against Dixie Dance Hall under the Texas Dram Shop Act, alleging the establishment’s duty to Watkins was breached because it continued to provide her with alcoholic beverages "when she was clearly intoxicated and presented a clear danger to herself and others."