Diana Huizar Killed, Jose Serna Injured in Alleged Drunk Driving Accident in Laredo, TX
Laredo, TX -- February 2, 2022, a teenager faces charges in connection with an accident which allegedly involved alcohol and took the life of Diana Huizar.
The crash reportedly happened Christmas Day 2020 at the intersection of Park Street and Santa Ursula Avenue. According to authorities, Angel Abiel Montemayor, reportedly 15 at the time of the crash, was traveling along Park Street and allegedly ran a red light at Santa Ursula. Doing so, that vehicle crash with a southbound van.
Due to the collision, Diana Huizar and Jose Serna from the van had to be airlifted from the scene. Huizar later died from her injuries. Officials allege that Montemayor was drunk at the time of the crash. On February 2, 2022, authorities charged Montemayor with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault.
Additional details are unavailable at this time.
Commentary on Diana Huizar, Jose Serna Alleged Drunk Driving Accident in Laredo
These are obviously tragic details, and though it has taken time, authorities are still taking steps to see there are consequences here. I can't speak to the allegations, and it's not my place to discuss criminal allegations against someone. However, depending on how accurate those allegations are, it's very possible there is more than just a drunk driver who needs to be held accountable for all of this chaos. One crucial factor to consider is where the allegedly drunk driver got his alcohol.
There are plenty of ways someone can get alcohol when they're underage. The concern, obviously, is that someone gave it to them. That could be an adult they know or, perhaps more concerning, a local business. What makes a situation like that unique is that the responsible provider may be in trouble both for serving alcohol to a minor and for contributing to the accident itself. The law says that if someone gives alcohol to a minor, and that alcohol contributes to them or someone else getting hurt, the alcohol provider can be liable for their role in the injuries.
Any readers from the Harris County area may recall a crash several years ago where a store got in serious trouble for serving alcohol to a 17-year-old who then caused a deadly crash. Could it be that something similar happened here? If nothing else, there are people affected by all this who deserve to know they're getting the full story. That's especially true if there's someone else out there that had a hand in seriously injuring someone, fatally injuring another, and potentially changing a kid's life forever. Would it really be okay to let someone off the hook for playing a role in all of that devastation?