Isidro Rodriguez Killed in Crash with Alleged DWI Driver on FM 706 in Lufkin, TX
Lufkin, TX -- April 24, 2022, 53-year-old Isidro Rodriguez was killed in a collision with an alleged DWI driver fleeing from police on Farm to Market Road 706 in Lufkin.
Authorities say the incident happened around 4:00 p.m. on FM 706 near Lancewood Circle. According to reports county deputies were responding to a reported assault which may have involved suspect Dalton Lilley. A deputy saw his Chevrolet Tahoe and activated their sirens in an effort to stop him, but Lilley allegedly fled from the officer. He traveled roughly a mile on FM 706 before trying to pass Rodriguez's Ford Ranger in a no-passing zone. Rodriguez had slowed and started to make a left turn, resulting in Lilley's Chevy hitting its left side while passing.
Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the scene. Lilley reportedly tried to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended. He was taken to an area hospital and faces a potential intoxication manslaughter charge upon his release.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Isidro Rodriguez Accident on FM 706 in Lufkin
The suspect in this crash reportedly faces a very serious charge, but I don't write this blog to judge people suspected of intoxication. 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 his potential fate in the justice system, I feel it's more important to talk about what can be done for those harmed by the crash--particularly the devastated family of the man whose life was claimed. If intoxication played a role in this tragedy, the victim's family should be aware the man at the wheel may not be the only one to hold accountable.
Texas dram shop law says that a licensed alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages that person causes. That means bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and other businesses 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.
Despite how serious they are, though, dram violations don't get much attention from police. Their job is to apprehend criminals--important certainly, but it doesn't directly help the people harmed by the crimes. That's why it's often necessary to have independent investigators look into these accidents rather than waiting for police reports. The sooner that happens the sooner there can be more answers. Any further steps would largely depend on what those answers turn out to be.