• October 23, 2020

Ariana Lopez Killed, Joel Becerra Charged in Alleged DWI Accident in College Station, TX

UPDATE (October 23, 2020): Authorities identified the woman hurt in the crash as 19-year-old Ariana Lopez. She reportedly succumbed to her injuries. Authorities upgraded charges against Joel Becerra, who now faces charges for manslaughter. Additional details are unavailable.

College Station, TX -- October 23, 2020, a woman was seriously injured and a man faces charges following an accident allegedly involving intoxication.

Authorities with the College Station Police Department reported that the crash happened at around 3:00 a.m. near the intersection of Fairview Avenue and Luther Street.

Police officials reported that 21-year-old Joel Becerra was driving a vehicle on Fairview when the vehicle ran off-road. The car crashed into a light pole, and the pole hit a woman riding in the car.

The woman in Becerra's vehicle sustained serious injuries in the crash. Authorities allege that Becerra was intoxicated at the time, and they charged him with intoxication assault.

Investigations are ongoing.

Commentary on Joel Becerra Alleged DWI Accident in College Station

UPDATE: Ariana Lopez Killed in Alleged DWI Accident in College Station, TX

If these allegations prove true, then there are some important questions authorities need to answer. If alcohol was the intoxicant, then it's possible the allegedly intoxicated driver is not the only party to hold responsible here.

This is due to a unique area of the law called Dram Shop Law. Essentially, the law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. By seeking out these businesses and holding them accountable, not only does the community become safer, those hurt in the crash can get some much needed help. Considering the injuries listed in these reports, I believe that possibility is more than worth further consideration.

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