• April 18, 2022

Officers Injured in Suspected Drunk Driver Accident on 7th Street in Austin, TX

UPDATE (April 27, 2022): Recent reports show that the suspected drunk driver, identified in the news as Alix Tijerina, reportedly had a .207 BAC following tests. This has yet to be officially confirmed as investigations continue.

UPDATE (April 19, 2022): Reports said 23-year-old Alix Tijerina was arrested in connection with the crash. Specific charges remain unclear, though authorities allege that the driver admitted to drinking at several bars prior to the incident. Investigations are ongoing.

Austin, TX -- April 16, 2022, two officers were injured due to an accident where a suspected drunk driver hit them along 7th Street.

In their initial reports, officials said that the crash took place at around 2:50 a.m. in the area of 7th Street and Red River Street.

According to investigators, two Austin Police officers on bicycles were along 7th when a driver somehow hit them. Both the officers had injuries described as "serious, but not life-threatening."

Right now, authorities are investigating if the driver involved was drunk. This and other details are still under investigation.

Commentary on Suspected Drunk Driver Accident on 7th Street in Austin

With these recent reports specifically mentioning the involvement of local bars, there needs to be a serious investigation into those establishments and what role they played in the officers' injuries. At 2:50 a.m. on a Saturday, just a block away from possibly the busiest drinking district in the whole state, it would be downright irresponsible not to consider alcohol. There are no doubt plenty of local establishments breaking the law by over-serving people, but the important thing is to utilize the legal tools available to Texans to ensure those businesses are at least held accountable when their actions lead to people getting hurt. That's where dram shop law is a vital tool for victims and families.

Officers Injured Drunk Driver Accident 7th Street red river Austin, TX

To put it simply, Texas dram shop law basically says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. If one of the local bars illegally over-served someone, and that led to them sending two officers to the hospital due to their intoxication, then that business needs to take responsibility for those resulting injuries. Not only can this be a huge help to the victims and families in need, but it helps to ensure those negligent businesses learn their lesson and clean up their act. Otherwise, it would likely be business as usual and they'd just continue putting the community in danger.

To be clear, it's not for me to say if anything like that happened here. My point is simply that there is often more to these situations than just throwing the book at some reckless driver and moving on. People deserve any opportunity available to them to get the help they need, and they also deserve to know that all parties responsible for their hardships are held accountable for their actions. Are those steps being taken here?

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