Briana Gavito Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on Memorial Drive in Houston, TX
Houston, TX -- April 19, 2022, 25-year-old Briana Gavito was injured in a single-vehicle accident on Memorial Drive in Houston.
Authorities say the incident happened around 10:30 p.m. on the 4800 block of Memorial near Shepherd Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Gavito was driving a Ford Ranger pickup east on Memorial when she lost control for unknown reasons. The truck left its lane and crashed into a guardrail separating the travel lanes from an exit ramp.
Gavito suffered serious injuries in the crash. Investigators noted that intoxication by alcohol may have been a factor.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Briana Gavito Accident on Memorial Drive in Houston
Reports say alcohol consumption may have been a factor here. It's unclear how police reached that conclusion unless they were just spitballing based on how the crash happened, but if that's a genuine suspicion then I hope appropriate steps were taken to verify or disprove it. That usually involves collecting blood samples from the driver or obtaining their hospital treatment records. Reports don't mention either step being taken but neither would surprise me.
If either of those measures confirmed alcohol was a significant factor, the next important step would be to find out where it came from. In many cases it's learned a victim in a crash like this recently left a bar or other business that served them too many drinks. That over-service is actually illegal if the business' staff could tell they customer was past her limits. If they did it anyway they violated dram shop law. In that event the business may be liable for any injuries their over-served customer causes or suffers while under the influence.
Having said that, I want to be clear that intoxication is nothing but a theory unless clear evidence is found to prove it. It's important not to lose sight of other possible explanations in the meantime. Anything from wet roads to vehicle malfunctions to simply getting distracted by a cell phone at a bad time could have been behind the accident, and I'm not making any accusations about alcohol--just talking about an important issue that comes up after wrecks it has caused. The most important thing right now is to be thorough and gather all the facts. Any other steps would depend on what those facts turn out to be.