Samantha Gonzales, Isabella Reyes, Joscelin Rodriguez Injured in Crash on Oscar Ave in Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX -- July 3, 2021, 19-year-old Samantha Gonzales and her two passengers were injured in a single-vehicle crash on Oscar Avenue in Fort Worth.
Authorities say the incident happened around 10:40 p.m. on the 3100 block of Oscar near Vera Cruz Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Gonzales was driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck north on Oscar when she failed to properly execute a right turn onto Vera Cruz. The pickup traveled north off the roadway and drove into a creek bed a short distance away, crashing into the embankment on the opposite side of the creek.
Gonzales and her two passengers, later identified as 20-year-old Isabella Reyes and 19-year-old Joscelin Rodriguez, were seriously injured in the crash. All three were transported to an area hospital for treatment.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Samantha Gonzales Accident on Oscar Avenue in Fort Worth
The investigating officers noted a belief that alcohol may have been a factor in this wreck. It's unclear why they think that unless it's just a guess based on the general circumstances of the crash, but if they're right that might change the context of the crash and its implications.
Alcohol-related accidents in Texas may hold more than just the drivers accountable. Texas dram shop law says that a licensed alcohol vendor that sells or serves alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer may then be liable for any injuries that customer goes on to cause or suffer while under the influence.
Put another way, if a local bar or restaurant kept pouring drinks for the victim despite clearly needing to cut her off, they may now be responsible for helping everyone in that truck recover from their injuries. Likewise, if they purchased alcohol from a store and the clerk should have noticed they were past their limits then that business may be on the hook to help them get back on their feet.
Dram shop law is an important tool to help people hurt in DWI crashes--even the drivers themselves. Despite its utility, though, many people go their whole lives without ever hearing about it. That's because law enforcement puts very little emphasis on dram shop violations, content instead just to catch and punish the people behind the wheel. That lax attitude toward the businesses providing the alcohol means many of them walk away from these incidents without so much as a slap on the wrist, let alone an obligation to help undo the damage they caused.
That's why I often recommend working with independent investigators if dram shop violations are suspected. With the evidence those professionals uncover, many victims of these crashes have been able to hold those negligent businesses responsible for their negligent over-service.