Marcos Molina Injured in Alleged Hit-and-run Accident in Harris County, TX
UPDATE (January 26, 2022): Additional reports indicate that authorities are looking into alcohol as a possible factor in the accident. They also say that there were two people in Molina's vehicle, a 4-year-old and a 44-year-old, who were injured. Right now, additional details are unavailable.
Harris County, TX -- January 13, 2022, Marcos Molina was injured due to an accident which authorities allege involved a driver that left the scene.
Initial reports gave few details about the accident. Official said that Marcos Molina sustained injuries in an accident. Police say Jeremy Cepress was operating a motor vehicle involved in the accident, then left the scene. Cepress now faces a charge for failure to stop and render aid. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Marcos Molina Alleged Hit-and-run Accident in Harris County
After the initial reports, I happened to bring up alcohol simply as a possibility since it's a common factor in hit-and-runs, which the charges here allege. Now, authorities say that alcohol was being considering, as well. Maybe that's for the same reason I brought it up, and they were simply mentioning a factor they look into as standard procedure. But if alcohol was a factor here, that could mean there are more people to hold accountable than just an alleged hit-and-run driver.
This is due to dram shop law, which says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. We expect that drivers who flee the scene of a crash and drivers who are drunk and cause a crash will be held accountable for their actions. Similarly, Texas law gives victims and families the tools to hold negligent alcohol providers accountable when they break the law and contribute to a serious accident. Are authorities being as diligent in looking into these details as they were in seeing these charges filed?