• April 19, 2022

Gloria Hernandez Injured in Car Accident on Military Road in Donna, TX

Donna, TX -- March 27, 2022, 57-year-old Gloria Hernandez was injured in a crash with a suspected DWI driver on Military Road in Hidalgo County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:55 a.m. on Military Road (US-281) near Valley View Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Hernandez was driving a a Chevrolet Tahoe west on the roadway followed at some distance by 37-year-old Salvador Mena in a Chrysler 200 sedan. Reports say Mena failed to control his vehicle's speed and crashed into the back of the Tahoe. After the impact the Chrysler overturned and rolled, coming to rest off the road on a property to the north.

Gloria Hernandez suffered serious injuries in the collision. Salvador Mena reported received minor injuries. A child in the Tahoe sustained possible injuries.

Police suspected Mena of being intoxicated and drew blood samples for testing. Potential charges of DWI 2nd offense and intoxication assault were reported.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Gloria Hernandez Accident on Military Road in Donna

The suspected DWI driver in this crash reportedly faces some very serious charges, but I don't write this blog to criticize or judge people's choices. Their alleged crimes and the related consequences are a matter for the courts and the suspect will have his day in one to answer for what happened.

Rather than speculate about that I feel it's more important to talk about what can be done for the people harmed by the crash. If intoxication really played a major part, the injured victim should be aware the alleged DWI driver may not be the only one to hold accountable. That's a matter for Texas dram shop law.

Gloria Hernandez Injured in Car Accident on Military Road in Donna, TX

In a nutshell dram shop law says that a licensed alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages that person causes or suffers. That means bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and other establishments can be held legally responsible when they keep selling drinks to customers who then get in accidents like this one. Dram shop law help victims and families get back on their feet after such harmful experiences, but it's also an important 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.

Despite how serious and potentially dangerous dram violations are, though, police rarely do much about them. That's why it's often necessary to have independent investigators look into accidents like this one rather than just waiting for police reports. For the sake of the victims, 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.

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