Adriana Valencia Rodriguez Injured in Houston, TX Hit-and-run Accident
Houston, TX -- September 14, 2019, Police officials responded to an accident where a driver struck a woman's car and fled the scene.
In their reports, authorities said the incident happened near Houston Road and Sunbury Street at around 6:45 p.m.
Police officials reported that 34-year-old Adriana Valencia Rodriguez was northbound along East Houston Road. While traveling, another oncoming vehicle lost control and crossed the center line, causing a collision. Police said the other driver, Ruayal Ramirez, fled the scene.
After the crash, EMS transported Rodriguez for treatment of possible injuries. Authorities eventually located Ramirez, who they also was under the influence of alcohol. Ramirez faces charges for DWI and Failure to Stop and Render Aid.
A TxDOT crash summary and the Failure to Stop and Render Aid charging instrument are available in the Commentary below.
Police say that the driver responsible for the crash was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. If that's true, they also need to find out where he got the alcohol. Here in Texas, we have Dram Shop Law which states that an alcohol provider that over-serves alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer can be liable for damages resulting from that person's intoxication.
Any restaurant, bar, liquor store, gas station, or any other provider that recklessly serves their customers puts lives in danger. Should they just walk away with no consequences while victims pay hospital bills and drivers face prison sentences? Of course not. They need to be held accountable for their actions as well. Dram Shop puts the tools in the hands of victims and families so they may seek that accountability directly.
It's been some time since this crash happened, but it's not too late to address these serious issues. The sooner victims and families act, the better their case is likely to be.
--Grossman Law Offices