• October 25, 2021

Erick Gonzalez Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on US-380 in Frisco, TX

Frisco, TX -- October 24, 2021, 21-year-old Erick Gonzalez was fatally injured in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 380 in Frisco.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:30 a.m. near the intersection of US-380 and Lakewood Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests 19-year-old Tello Hernandez was driving a Toyota 4Runner SUV east along the highway when he lost control for unknown reasons and drove onto the center median. The vehicle went airborne after hitting a dirt pile in the median, then crashed into a light pole and overturned. It rolled several times before coming to rest.

Gonzalez, a passenger in the vehicle, was ejected in the collision. He was transported to an area hospital where he later died.

Hernandez was arrested on a potential intoxication manslaughter charge.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Erick Gonzalez Accident on US-380 in Frisco

If blood tests confirm the driver was intoxicated, that may change how this crash is handled and add further issues to investigate. Texas takes alcohol-related crashes very seriously, to the point of also holding the businesses that sell it responsible when they over-serve their customers. Those violations are dealt with by dram shop law.

In a nutshell, dram shop law prohibits licensed alcohol vendors (bars, restaurants, liquor and convenience stores, etc) from selling or serving alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do so illegally and their customers go on to cause or suffer harm while under the influence, that business may then be considered liable for the victims' injuries.

Erick Gonzalez Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on US-380 in Frisco, TX

Not every DWI crash involves a dram shop violation. If the driver drank at a private residence, for example, then it's unlikely a bar or store would have any liability there. Likewise, if the 21-year-old victim might have bought the alcohol himself then even concerns about underage purchases may be unwarranted. These and other details deserve further examination, however, to be sure the whole truth is known. If police aren't interested in exploring some of the further details after arresting the driver, then uncovering all the facts may require working with an independent investigator.

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