Joe Garcia Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on Horne Rd in Corpus Christi, TX
Corpus Christi, TX -- December 5, 2021, 44-year-old Joe Angel Garcia was injured in a single-vehicle accident on Horne Road in Corpus Christi.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. on Horne near Columbia Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Garcia was driving a Toyota 4Runner SUV west in the 1300 block of Horne when he began to drift left for unknown reasons. The SUV traveled southwest and off the road, passing through the lawn of a nearby building before hitting a drainage ditch. It then went briefly airborne before crashing into a concrete embankment on the other side. After coming to rest on the embankment the SUV's engine caught fire.
Garcia was rescued from the burning vehicle by onlookers before emergency services arrived. He suffered serious injuries in the crash.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Joe Garcia Accident on Horne Rd in Corpus Christi
Police noted in their reports that the victim may have been drinking alcohol prior to his crash. Considering the described circumstances of the accident that seems like a reasonable theory, but it like anything else would near clear and convincing evidence before it could be considered a fact.
If investigators determine through blood tests or hospital treatment records that the victim was under the influence of alcohol some may assume there's little else to say about it as long as he faces appropriate charges. However, Texas views alcohol-related accidents a little differently. With that in mind, investigators should also find out where the victim's alcohol came from that night. But why would that detail matter?
Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. If someone was drinking at a bar or restaurant, for example, investigators could learn that staff continued to serve them even though it was clear they were dangerously intoxicated. If they over-served that person and he then suffered caused by being intoxicated, dram shop law would allow him to confront the bar in court and hold it accountable for contributing to his injuries.
Little as I like to say it, drunk driving happens all across Texas at any time of any given day. Whether it was a factor here or not still must be confirmed, to say nothing of finding out whether a bar negligently broke the law, but they're important aspects of a crash like this one to be sure all the right parties are held accountable. If businesses are never taken to task for reckless over-service, they'll never change their ways and the roads won't get safer.