Ramiro Trejo Jr. Killed in Alleged Drunk Driver Accident in Rio Grande City, TX
Rio Grande City, TX -- April 17, 2022, Ramiro Trejo Jr. was killed after an accident which authorities allege involved and intoxicated driver.
Authorities indicated that the accident took place at around 12:20 a.m. along US Highway 83 at Pete Solis Street.
According to officials, 52-year-old Ramiro Trejo Jr. was a passenger in a Toyota Corolla traveling eastbound on US 83. At Pete Solis, the Toyota reportedly failed to yield making a left turn, resulting in a westbound vehicle crashing into the Toyota.
As a result of the crash, Trejo sustained fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported. Police allege that the Toyota driver had been drinking and say that they are considering charges for intoxication manslaughter.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Ramiro Trejo Jr. Alleged Drunk Driver Accident in Rio Grande City
These are clearly serious allegations. It's not my place to say if they're true, as that will require a trip through the criminal justice system. However, there could be more to this situation I find authorities don't often pay enough attention to. This early in the morning, allegations of a drunk driver can often lead to a local bar that illegally over-served the driver. Such a bar could be responsible for contributing to the fatal crash.
This is due to dram shop law, which says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Whether that's a bar, liquor store, restaurant, or even a gas station, negligent businesses have a real impact on their communities when it comes to alcohol. That's why giving folks the tools needed to hold them accountable is so crucial. Dram shop can do this while also providing an opportunity for people to get some much needed assistance.
While it's not clear what all happened here, one thing is clear: someone lost their life. However that happened and whoever is ultimately responsible, steps should at least be taken to ensure his loved ones are getting the whole story.