• January 27, 2022

Victor Juarez Killed, Passenger Injured in Car Accident on Bush Turnpike in Plano, TX

Plano, TX -- December 26, 2021, 30-year-old Victor Vega Juarez was killed in a single-vehicle accident on President George Bush Turnpike in Collin County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:55 a.m. on Bush Turnpike near mile marker 480 in the area of Preston Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Juarez was driving a GMC Sierra pickup truck west on the highway when he lost control and the truck began to drift left, passing through the travel lanes and onto the shoulder. It then hit the end of a guardrail on the shoulder, passing beyond it and continuing west before hitting a concrete bridge pillar. After the impact it rebounded and came to rest with its passenger side against the guardrail.

Victor Juarez suffered fatal injuries in the crash. A passenger in the pickup received serious injuries and was transported to an area hospital.

Two open alcohol containers were found in the truck's center console during inventory. When interviewed the passenger reportedly told police Juarez had consumed alcohol before and while driving. Investigators noted a plan to review toxicological test results from the medical examiner.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Victor Juarez Accident on PGBT in Plano

Given the circumstances of this crash and the passenger's admission that the driver was drinking, it seems reasonable that alcohol is considered a possible factor. Blood tests should offer some insight into exactly how big a contribution (if any) it made.

Some people may wonder if it's particularly important to find out whether impairment was involved since the driver's tragic passing means he's beyond legal consequences, but in Texas and many other states alcohol-related wrecks are a little more complex than that. For instance, if alcohol's use is confirmed then investigators should find out where it came from. Why? Because if the driver was sold or served alcohol despite already being past his limits, it could mean this accident has further implications under dram shop law.

Victor Juarez Killed, Passenger Injured in Car Accident on Bush Turnpike in Plano, TX

In a nutshell, dram shop law prohibits any alcohol-selling vendor (bars, clubs, restaurants, stores, etc) from providing further drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer. If they continue serving those customers and then the people go on to cause or suffer harm, the business may then be obligated to help them and and anyone else hurt by their intoxication. Not every DWI crash involves a dram shop violation, but it's important to find out for sure in case responsibility should extend beyond the driver.

With all that said, I'm not making any accusations or claiming to know more than what reports say. I bring up dram shop law because I know from years of experience that it could have proven helpful to many people who never even knew it existed. It grants victims and their loved ones the right to seek assistance with their recovery and also holds reckless businesses accountable for over-service, yet despite that police rarely look into dram violations. Will they do so here, or is this yet another situation where those affected by the accident would be better served by independent investigations?


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