• December 03, 2019

Eusebio Espinoza Acosta Injured in Presidio County, TX Hit-and-run Accident

Presidio County, TX -- Officials responded to a serious hit-and-run which left one man seriously injured and another man in custody just outside Marfa.

In their reports, Presidio County Sheriff's Department officials said that the incident took place late Saturday along Highway 67.

Police said that Eusebio Espinoza Acosta was driving a pickup along Highway 67 at the time. While doing so, a dually allegedly driven by Pedro Chavez hit his vehicle. This caused Acosta's pickup to hit a guardrail. Chavez allegedly fled the scene, but police later located and apprehended him.

After the crash, EMS transported Acosta to a local hospital with serious injuries. It's unclear what charges police plan to file against Chavez.

Investigations are ongoing.

Commentary

Following a crash like this, most people have the same question on their mind: Why'd they run? Well, there are many possible reasons. Things like warrants, no license, drugs, and other such factors are all common. One in particular worth close consideration is drunk driving. Specifically, if the runaway driver was at a bar, club, or other establishment prior to the crash, then both the driver and that establishment may be liable for the victim's injuries.

In Texas, Dram Shop Law 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. While drunk drivers typically face consequences for their actions, police often fail to address negligent alcohol providers. Tracking them down and holding them accountable usually requires more thorough independent investigations. It's possible further investigations would reveal the same here.

--Grossman Law Offices

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