• February 03, 2022

Edwin Hernandez, 3 Injured in Alleged Drunk Driving Accident in Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth, TX -- January 16, 2022, Edwin Hernandez and three people were injured due to an accident where multiple vehicles collided.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 2:30 a.m. along the North Freeway near Tarrant Parkway

In their reports, officials said that 27-year-old Edwin Hernandez was in a Lexus traveling northbound along the interstate. Reports say that Hernandez was driving against traffic on the southbound express lanes, then merged onto main lanes. After that, Hernandez crashed with a southbound Chevy Colorado, followed by a Nissan Titan and a Nissan Altima.

As a result of the crash, both Hernandez and a passenger in the Altima had incapacitating injuries. Two other people in the Altima had non-incapacitating injuries.

At this time, police believe that Hernandez had been drinking. They did not report any additional details surrounding the crash.

Commentary on Edwin Hernandez Car Accident in Fort Worth

Just to be clear up front, my goal here is not to tarnish anyone's name. Instead, it's important to understand why wrong-way collisions can often involve more than just the drivers in the crash. Authorities here believe alcohol was a factor, and that's true in just about every wrong-way crash. There can be exceptions, of course, but just half an hour after closing time, it's incredibly likely that alcohol caused the driver to get on the wrong side of the interstate. When that happens, investigators need to find out where that alcohol came from. It's possible there's a local alcohol provider who illegally over-served the wrong-way driver and needs to be held accountable.

Edwin Hernandez, Car Accident Fort Worth, TX

This can happen through dram shop law, and it's a tool both for holding negligent businesses accountable and for getting people the help they need. Put simply, the law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Considering how out of it someone has to be not to realize they're on the wrong side of the highway, it's virtually guaranteed that any complicit business over-served the intoxicated driver.

So while it's not my place to say what did or didn't happen here, I've seen enough similar accidents to know how important further investigations are. Authorities don't often extend their efforts beyond the drivers involved, so families usually have to take steps to find independent professionals who will look into things like dram shop. Are those steps being taken here?

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