Jennifer Flores, One Other Injured in Car Accident off Eastex Freeway in Houston, TX
Houston, TX -- April 24, 2022, 27-year-old Jennifer Flores and a 24-year-old woman were injured in a crash off the Eastex Freeway in Houston.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:35 a.m. on the 15000 block of the Eastex Freeway service road near Sam Houston Parkway. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chevrolet Traverse was traveling south on the left lane of the service road when it approached a stopped Nissan Rogue at the Sam Houston light and hit it from behind. The impact pushed the Nissan southward across the intersection before it came to a stop.
The Chevy driver and Flores, a passenger in the Nissan, suffered serious injuries in the crash. The Chevy's passenger and the Nissan driver were reportedly unhurt.
Toxicology tests later found the Chevy driver had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .26 at the time of the collision.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Jennifer Flores Accident off Eastex Fwy in Houston
Tests seem to have confirmed that one of the drivers in this accident was significantly over the legal limit for intoxication at the time. Some may think there's little else to say about that aside from some potential charges, but they may not be aware that another party--one that too often gets away with its role in alcohol-related accidents--could be held accountable as well for the victim's injuries and those dealt to the alleged drunk driver herself.
Under Texas dram shop law an alcohol provider that sells drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer is breaking the law. When that happens and their intoxicated customer causes or suffers injuries, the law may hold the negligent business (a bar, restaurant, club, store, etc) that over-served them liable for those injuries.
To be clear, not every DWI accident begins with a dram shop violation. Reports had nothing to say about where that driver drank, and I'm making no accusations or assumptions. However, it's important to know for sure as reckless bars endanger both their over-served customers and the public at large.
Despite the importance of finding those businesses and stopping them, though, law enforcement rarely does much about it. People hurt by DWI crashes often have to conduct independent investigations instead of waiting for police to take action. With the evidence of over-service that independent experts uncover, many folks are able to hold negligent businesses responsible for the terrible damage they helped cause.