• January 21, 2022

Darlan Rodriguez Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on US-183 in Austin, TX

Austin, TX -- January 15, 2022, 32-year-old Darlan Pena Rodriguez was killed a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 183 in northeast Austin.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:00 a.m. on the 2200 block of US-183 at the ramp to US-290. Preliminary investigation suggests Rodriguez was driving an Infiniti sedan east on the highway when he collided with the divider between the travel lanes and the exit ramp.

Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the scene.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Darlan Rodriguez Accident on US-183 in Austin

UPDATE (September 9, 2022): Sources later showed that the accident victim had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .24 at the time. I don't say that with any judgment, but evidence that he was three times the legal limit for intoxication may mean there's more to investigate. For one thing, it's important to find out where his drinks came from that night. But why?

Texas dram shop law holds businesses that over-serve alcohol responsible for the injuries their intoxicated patrons cause and/or suffer while under the influence. Not every DWI crash starts with a law-breaking bar, but finding out where the alcohol came from is an important and often-neglected step to get families justice for (and help after) their loss.

Darlan Rodriguez Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on US-183 in Austin, TX

I'm not saying I know of a particular business that over-served the victim, but Austin has no shortage of watering holes--some of whom have been dinged by the TABC for over-service. At the very least it seems like an important detail not to overlook in case a business is endangering its customers and its community.

So will the police do anything about that? Unfortunately, probably not. Their investigations rarely extend past the drivers to include where they drank, so if a dram violation is suspected it's usually best to seek help elsewhere from people who know how to get the needed proof. With that in hand many people hurt by or in these accidents have held bad businesses accountable.

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