Alfonso Lopez Jr. Killed in Crossover Accident on FM 2100 in Harris County, TX
Harris County, TX -- May 6, 2022, 29-year-old Alfonso Lopez Jr. was killed in a crossover accident on Farm to Market Road 2100 in Harris County.
Reports say the incident happened around 1:00 a.m. on the 24100 block of FM 2100 near Twin Oaks Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests Lopez was driving a Lexus SUV southward on the road as Ferman Ayala was driving a Ford F-250 pickup truck north in the same area. Reports say the Lexus crossed over the center line and crashed into the Ford.
Lopez suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Ayala received minor injuries and investigators say he exhibited signs of intoxication. A DWI investigation is now ongoing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Alfonso Lopez Accident on FM 2100 in Harris County
UPDATE (June 3, 2022): Later reports indicate the crossover driver had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .246 at the time of the crash. I don't say that to judge or gossip, but confirmation that he was significantly over the legal limit may change how the wreck's aftermath should be approached.
As I mentioned previously, alcohol-related crashes sometimes involve holding the businesses that over-serve it responsible for the damage their intoxicated patrons cause or suffer. Under dram shop law such a business may have a legal duty to make what amends it can to the victim after the Harris County collision.
Unfortunately, bad bars and their dram violations generally get little attention from police. If something like that is suspected then it's usually best for victims to get help from independent investigators who know how to get the necessary proof. Armed with receipts, witness statements, video footage, and other evidence, many people hurt by reckless over-service have held bad businesses accountable for breaking the law and contributing to their injuries.
ORIGINAL: Police seem to think the driver who was hit in this crossover accident was intoxicated at the time. If they're right it's obviously dangerous and imprudent for him to have been behind the wheel, but it may also be somewhat coincidental considering the other person is allegedly the one who crossed left of center. Given the way the crash is described, though, I can't help but wonder if the man who lost his life might have been in a similar state. That could be an important detail to either verify or disprove due to how Texas dram shop law might apply.
Dram shop law basically says alcohol vendors like bars, restaurants, clubs, and stores can't sell or serve drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer. If they keep refilling someone's glass when they can clearly tell that person is past his limits, they break the law. In those cases they may be liable if their customer hurts himself or anyone else--say, but crossing over the road's center line and crashing--while under the influence of those drinks.
However, alcohol's only one possible explanation here. There are still concerns about mechanical or tire failures on the crossover vehicle, a bad or hazardous stretch of road, issues with visibility, and many others to look at before anyone should feel right about saying what happened. The important thing before any other steps are considered is to find the whole truth of how this terrible event took place. The victim's loved ones deserve no less than the whole story.