Ramesh Diwan Killed in Auto-Pedestrian Accident on Avery Ranch Blvd in Cedar Park, TX
Cedar Park, TX -- March 25, 2022, 65-year-old Ramesh Diwan was killed by an alleged DWI driver while walking on Avery Ranch Boulevard in Cedar Park.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:40 p.m. on Avery Ranch at South Bell Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests Diwan was walking west with his wife on a sidewalk in the area when a Chevrolet C-Series pickup truck approached the Avery/Bell intersection from the east. The driver, 21-year-old Ismael Sanchez, reportedly fell asleep while waiting at a red light. He woke up, started passing through the intersection, and ran up the curb onto the sidewalk, striking Diwan and his wife.
According to witnesses Sanchez stopped for a moment and then the Chevy continued west along Avery Ranch before parking in a local apartment complex lot some distance away. Investigators found him asleep at the wheel with the vehicle's engine running.
Ramesh Diwan suffered critical injuries in the collision and died the next day in a hospital. His wife reportedly sustained a minor injury to her leg.
Ismael Sanchez, unhurt, was arrested on a potential charge of intoxication manslaughter.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Ramesh Diwan Accident on Avery Ranch Blvd in Cedar Park
The suspect in this crash reportedly faces a very serious charge, but as grave as his alleged crimes may be it's not for me to judge him or sermonize about the risks of drunk driving. His actions and their related consequences are a matter for the courts and the he'll have his day in one to answer for what happened.
Rather than spin my wheels about that I feel it's more important to talk about what can be done for those harmed by the crash--particularly the family of the man whose life was claimed. If intoxication had a role in this tragedy, the people affected by it should be aware the alleged DWI driver may not be the only one to hold accountable. With that in mind, I want to explain Texas dram shop law.
Essentially dram shop law says that a licensed alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. That means bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and other establishments can be held legally responsible when they keep pouring drinks for customers who then cause accidents like this one. Not only does dram shop law help victims and families get back on their feet after such harmful experiences, it's also a way to punish negligent alcohol providers and keep them from putting communities in further danger.
Some folks have argued that a business shouldn't be held accountable for how much their customer drinks, but it's hard to ignore the risks created by bars that pour nonstop without considering how that endangers their customers and the public. In the course of my career I've seen the devastating effects of that reckless and illegal behavior far too many times, and it can't go unanswered.
However, police rarely look into dram violations. Why? Because their job is to investigate and find committed crimes--an important goal, but not one that directly helps the people affected by those crimes. That's why it's often necessary to have independent investigators look into these accidents rather than waiting for police reports. For the sake of the victim's loved ones, the sooner someone looks into everything that led to this crash the sooner there can be some answers. Any further steps would largely depend on what those answers turn out to be.