According to recent news reports authorities have filed intoxication manslaughter charges against 25-year-old Raymond Garcia as a result of a September 1st crash which caused his sister 26-year-old Deborah Mota to be killed. The accident occurred in the 1500 block of Crickets Avenue in Lubbock Texas. Witnesses told police that the pair had been drinking heavily at the Oyster Bar located at 609 18th Street. An argument erupted between the two resulting in Garcia being thrown out of the bar. Mota and a friend also left at the same time since the three of them had come to the bar together. Garcia started to drive off but Mota leaped onto the hood of his car. Garcia did not stop and Mota fell off according to witnesses. She died two days later at an area hospital. Garcia has been in jail since the accident on $25000 bond for intoxication assault charges. An additional $25000 bail was attached to the new warrant for intoxication manslaughter.
In Texas drunken driving accidents Texas dram shop law will hold a negligent alcohol-serving entity like a bar or a restaurant civilly liable for an accident resulting in injury or death that occurs as a result of their negligence. For example a bar cannot over-serve a patron such that they bypass the legal blood alcohol content level of .08%. Furthermore a bar cannot knowingly allow an intoxicated person to driver off of their premises. If either instance holds true and can be proven to have existed in connection to a drunk driving accident the bar could hold partial liability in addition to the driver for an accident resulting in injury or death. Such a connection can often only be discovered through an independent investigation so that all liable parties can both be identified and held accountable for their negligent behavior.