• May 05, 2022

Sergio Campo Injured by Alleged DWI Driver on I-45 in Montgomery County, TX

UPDATE (May 18, 2022): The injured victim of this accident has been identified as 61-year-old Sergio Campo.

Montgomery County, TX -- May 4, 2022, one person was seriously injured in a crash with an alleged DWI driver near Interstate 45 in Montgomery County.

Authorities say the incident happened just before 10:00 p.m. on the southbound I-45 service road near Pruitt Road. Preliminary investigation suggests 25-year-old Jada Silas was driving at high speeds along the roadway when she crashed into a Toyota Prius that was pulling out of a gas station. The impact pushed the Toyota into a nearby utility pole, trapping its driver.

The Prius driver suffered serious injuries in the collision. Reports say when responders arrived at the scene Silas was trying to drive her damaged vehicle away.

Investigators administered field sobriety tests and alleged Silas was impaired. Samples were collected for toxicological testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Sergio Campo Accident off I-45 in Montgomery County

It's obviously serious any time police mention alcohol, but they appear to be taking steps to ensure there are consequences for what happened here. But does arresting a drunk driver really do much for the injured victim? Holding people accountable for bad choices is important, but it doesn't do a lot for someone who has to deal with the fallout of a hospital visit. That's why it's important to understand the possible legal avenues victims and families can use after these wrecks to get the help they need.

Sergio Campo Injured by Alleged DWI Driver on I-45 in Montgomery County, TX

For example, if it's true that alcohol was a factor here then where did the drinks come from? If alcohol providers over-serve someone who is obviously intoxicated, they can be liable for any damage that person causes under dram shop law. It's a crucial tool for victims and families to get the help they need while also making sure negligent alcohol providers (that would otherwise benefit from their recklessness) face appropriate consequences.

Nobody can say at this point whether a dram shop violation happened before this crash, but it's important that investigators look into any possible way to get the victim the help he needs and deserves. Are police taking the necessary steps here, or would independent experts be of more help?

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