Weslaco, TX — February 9, 2019, Maria Andrea Rodriguez sustained fatal injuries due to an accident where a truck crashed into her vehicle head-on.

Authorities responded to the intersection of FM 88 and Mile 12 Road at around 3:00 p.m.

In their reports, they said 55-year-old Rodriguez and another driver were stopped at a red light at the intersection. For reasons unclear, an oncoming truck lost control and careened into the stopped vehicles.

As a result of the collision, Rodriguez succumbed to fatal injuries at the scene. The other two drivers involved went to local hospitals with reportedly non-life-threatening injuries.

At this time, police have yet to report what caused the fatal incident.

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Commentary

While reports did not explicitly mention what might have caused this wreck, I can’t help but wonder if police are looking into alcohol as a possibility. That may sound unlikely at 3:00 p.m., but that time on a Saturday, you’re more likely to be hit by a drunk driver than a Monday or Tuesday night. But why bring this up? If the driver was drunk, police will find out and file criminal charges, and that’ll be the end of it, right? In reality, Texas Dram Shop Law makes alcohol related accidents more complex than that.

The law states that a licensed alcohol vendor that over-serves alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer can be liable for damages resulting from that person’s intoxication. In other words, if a bar, restaurant, or liquor store serves an obviously intoxicated person, and that person’s drunkenness gets someone killed, the victim’s family has the right to hold the negligent alcohol provider accountable in civil court.

While prosecutors almost always go after drunk drivers, they rarely go after the bars and other providers that contribute to their accidents. That burden usually falls to victims and families themselves to seek out independent professionals and confront the alcohol provider in a civil trial. That’s why even though police don’t say alcohol contributed to this crash, it’s important to address the possibility as soon as possible and take appropriate action based on the findings of a more thorough, private investigation.

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