• January 26, 2022

Anthony Cardoza Injured by Alleged DWI Driver off Katy Freeway in Houston, TX

Houston, TX -- December 25, 2021, 47-year-old Anthony Cardoza was seriously injured in a crash with an alleged DWI driver off the Katy Freeway in Houston.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:15 a.m. on the Katy Freeway service road near Central Park West Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests 21-year-old Denyce Mata was driving a Toyota Tundra pickup truck west behind Cardoza's Chevrolet van. Reports indicate Mata failed to control her vehicle's speed and crashed in to the back of the van, causing it to spin out and veer into a concrete barrier on the north side of the freeway. It then rebounded and traveled some distance south before coming to rest.

Cardoza suffered serious injuries in the crash. Mata was reportedly unhurt.

Investigators believed Mata was intoxicated and administered breathalyzer tests at the scene. Test results showed Mata had a blood-alcohol concentration of approximately .18% at the time of the wreck.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Anthony Cardoza Accident on Katy Fwy in Houston

Police were apparently able to confirm with reasonable certainty that their suspect was intoxicated by alcohol at the time of the accident. Breathalyzers have a higher margin of error than blood tests, but even making that allowance it seems quite probable the suspect exceeded the legal limit of .08%.

With a main factor of the crash identified and the suspect facing potential DWI charges some may feel that more or less closes the matter, but criminal punishment does little to help the injured victim with the cost and hardship of recovery. However, that may be addressed in a manner some aren't aware of: The driver may not be the only one legally responsible for the damage caused in Houston.

Anthony Cardoza Injured by Alleged DWI Driver off Katy Freeway in Houston, TX

People are often tempted to lay the whole burden of a DWI crash on the driver, but what about whoever provided her alcohol? If she was sold or served drinks despite clearly being past her limits, the business that did so may have broken the law. Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for injuries caused by that person while they are under the influence. If the driver in Houston was over-served somewhere before the accident, the business that did so may have an obligation to help the injured victim get back on his feet.

Despite how helpful dram shop claims could be for many victims, folks often aren't aware that alcohol providers have a duty to the people hurt by their neglect of the law. Most bars follow the rules and not every DWI case involves a dram shop violation, but the possibility should be looked into when alcohol use seems to be tied to serious injuries--both to hold the business accountable for dangerous over-service and to help the victim with the difficult battles ahead.


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