• January 27, 2022

Elizabeth Romo Mendoza Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident in Hidalgo County, TX

Hidalgo County, TX -- November 8, 2021, Elizabeth Romo Mendoza was killed after an accident where Mendoza's vehicle crashed off the side of the road.

Preliminary reports indicated that the crash took place at around 3:30 a.m. along International Boulevard/FM 1015 near Mile 5 Road.

In their reports, authorities said that 46-year-old Elizabeth Romo Mendoza was in a Chevy Aveo traveling southbound along International when the vehicle somehow drifted off the right side of the road. Doing so, the vehicle crashed into a tree.

As a result of the accident, Mendoza succumbed to fatal injuries. Officials claim that Mendoza had a .174 BAC after the crash. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Elizabeth Romo Mendoza Single-Vehicle Accident in Hidalgo County

Just to be clear up front, my goal on this blog is never to upset anyone or to speculate about a particular accident. The allegations here are obviously concerning, but it's important to take the details with a grain of salt. Sometimes, authorities can overlook something important before filing these reports, so there could be more to this situation they didn't address. But even if alcohol was a factor, there could still be important factors the victim's loved ones deserve to know. Specifically, if this crash was the result of a local establishment over-serving the victim, then they may need to be held accountable.

Elizabeth Romo Mendoza Single-Vehicle Accident Hidalgo County, TX

Texas has something called dram shop law. Basically, it says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Despite the fact that businesses over-serving people can put people and the community in serious danger, authorities don't often give it much attention. Why is that? Obviously driving while intoxicated is dangerous, but everyone understands that. Even if someone makes that mistake, does that mean it's okay to let an alcohol provider off the hook for breaking the law, contributing to a deadly crash, and benefiting their business off of all that chaos?

At the end of the day, folks generally want the same things. They want whatever help the law allows them to get, they want those responsible for their hardships to face the appropriate consequences, and they want to know they're getting the full story. It's difficult to say anyone could get those things after a crash like this without at least looking into dram shop and other complex issues as possibilities.

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