UPDATE: Carlos Salazar Killed in Car Accident in Azle, TX
UPDATE (February 6, 2020): Authorities identified the victim as 55-year-old Carlos Salazar. Right now, there are no additional details concerning the driver involved in the accident nor what factors led to the fatal collision. Police continue their investigations.
Azle, TX -- A man was killed while riding his bike when he was struck by a vehicle in the 1300 block of North Farm to Market Road 730 in Azle, Texas on Sunday February 2, 2020 around 9:50 pm.
The man was pronounced dead after being transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital. Police said they need the public's help identifying him in a news release Monday night.
I noticed in a recent report that police believe Carlos Salazar was drinking prior to the accident. I haven't seen evidence to confirm this yet, but it's an important factor to investigate following any serious accident like this. Should investigators find that alcohol caused this deadly incident, then there could be someone responsible for this man's death who has yet to be held accountable.
In Texas, bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and other alcohol providers can be held liable for accidents if they over-served someone to the point their intoxication caused the accident. Alcohol can be dangerous when handled irresponsibly, so we expect local businesses to sell it within reason. By over-serving obviously intoxicated customers, they put lives in danger. It's only just that they face consequences when their actions contribute to someone's harm.
Like I said, it may be that's not at all what happened here. But if it is, that's something this man's loved ones deserve an opportunity to address.