Jose Tristan Injured, William Garcia-Guerrero Charged in Alleged Hit-and-run Accident in Harris County, TX
Harris County, TX -- January 16, 2021, Jose Tristan was injured and William Garcia-Guerrero faces charges for an alleged hit-and-run accident.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 9:37 p.m. along the Northwest Freeway near Wortham Center Drive.
Preliminary reports said that 32-year-old Jose Tristan was driving a Toyota Tacoma westbound on the NW Freeway/US 290. While doing so, police said a Honda Accord driven by 23-year-old William Garcia-Guerrero crashed into the Tacoma. After the crash, police say Garcia-Guerrero exited his vehicle and ran from the scene. Police later arrested Garcia-Guerrero.
Tristan had injuries said to be incapacitating. Police allege that Garcia-Guerrero was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. They charged Garcia-Guerrero with failure to stop and render aid.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Jose Tristan, William Garcia-Guerrero Alleged Hit-and-run Accident in Harris County
While these reports are still allegations at this point, this is far from the first time a hit-and-run crash reportedly involved alcohol. It's an all too common reason that people flee the scene, and it's an incredibly important factor to look into further. And that's not just me talking about potential criminal charges. That's outside of my wheelhouse. My thoughts turn toward the victims and the communities affected by these serious crashes. Those thoughts are of the possibility that a local alcohol provider contributed to the crash.
As important as it is to ensure allegedly drunk drivers face consequences, Dram Shop Law also recognizes the role negligent alcohol providers play in a lot of these crashes. If an alcohol provider over-serves an obviously intoxicated person, they're knowingly putting lives at risk. So why wouldn't they be held accountable when their actions contribute to a serious accident? Not only does Dram Shop provide a tool for victims and families to see those consequences happen, it provides an avenue through which those same victims and families can get the help they need.
To be clear, I'm not saying that all applies to this specific wreck. That would require more thorough investigations. As good as Harris County sometimes is looking into these factors, they don't catch everything. There may need to be more thorough independent investigations if the possibility of Dram Shop somehow got lost in the shuffle.