• May 03, 2022

One Killed, Christopher Delgado Injured in Alleged DWI Crash in Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX -- April 19, 2022, one man was killed and another was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident off Woodall Rodgers Freeway in Dallas.

Authorities say the incident happened around 12:05 a.m. on Woodall Rodgers near St. Paul Street. Preliminary investigation suggests 22-year-old Christopher Delgado was driving a Nissan Titan pickup truck southwest on the St. Paul exit ramp from Woodall Rodgers when he allegedly disregarded a left-turn only sign. The pickup continued straight through the St. Paul intersection and exited the road on the other side. It ran over the sidewalk and crashed into a tree.

The pickup's front passenger died at the scene. Delgado suffered serious injuries.

Investigators believe Delgado was under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Christopher Delgado Accident off Woodall Rodgers in Dallas

Investigators said intoxication may have played a part here. If blood tests confirm their theory then the crash may have other implications that authorities too rarely look into. What do I mean? Well, there's often someone else involved in alcohol-related wrecks that escapes responsibility for the part it played: the alcohol provider. Many people don't realize that those businesses may have a share of the legal responsibility for the terrible damage done in DWI crashes.

One Killed, Christopher Delgado Injured in Alleged DWI Crash in Dallas, TX

Texas dram shop law essentially says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries that person causes or suffers while under the influence. While the driver generally has to answer for their actions after a wreck like the one above, the negligent alcohol providers that sometimes contribute to those accidents often get off scot-free even though they endangered their customers and the public. Dram shop claims make sure they're held properly accountable for disregarding their legal obligation to protect their community--mostly from themselves and the byproducts of their reckless over-service.

Not every DWI crash involves a dram shop violation, and maybe nothing like that happened here. However, any nighttime crash where police suspect alcohol's involvement should receive proper investigation into all its elements, including possible "accomplices" in the form of alcohol vendors like bars and stores. Steps should be taken to make sure they too face the appropriate consequences, especially if that can possibly get the injured driver and the passenger's family some much-needed help.

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