Pecos County, TX — On March 12, 2019, a fatal collision between a pickup truck and a tractor-trailer took the life of 20-year-old Austin Jordan in Pecos County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:30 a.m. on U.S. Highway 285. A Freightliner semi truck driven by 57-year-old Concepcion Matute was headed north on the highway. At the same time, Austin Jordan’s Dodge Ram 1500 was driving south in the northbound lanes for unknown reasons. The two vehicles collided head-on in the road.
Jordan was pronounced dead at the scene. Matute was taken by Pecos County Memorial Hospital in Fort Stockton with non-incapacitating injuries.
No further information is available.
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A disproportionate number of drunk drivers are on Texas roads in the hours between midnight and 3 a.m. Couple that with the fact that a disproportionate number of wrong-way drivers are found to be intoxicated, and it seems possible that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash in Pecos County. That’s not a given and I’m not pointing fingers; the investigation will hopefully shed more light on the specifics of the incident. In the meantime, though, I can say that I recognize some familiar elements in the reported facts that remind me of many other cases I’ve seen where alcohol was involved.
If investigators do find that alcohol contributed to this crash, then it’s important to determine where it came from. Some may question why that detail would really matter, but if a licensed alcohol vendor over-served Mr. Jordan, they may share some legal responsibility for the events that unfolded.
Texas Dram Shop Law says that a licensed alcohol vendor that over-serves an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for damages caused by that person’s intoxication. What that means is if any bar, club, or store that sells or serves alcohol saw that Mr. Jordan should be cut off but continued serving him because he could pay, then that bar broke the law and may be legally accountable for his death.
When any law-breaking alcohol provider contributes to someone’s injury or death, those victims and their families deserve the chance to confront that establishment in court and hold it responsible.
–Grossman Law Offices