• May 16, 2022

Jimmy Lopez Killed, Valce Parks, Jawanna Washington, Kids Injured in Wrong-Way Accident on Marsha Sharp in Lubbock, TX

UPDATE (May 17, 2022): Recent reports identified victims involved in the accident. The driver killed in the crash was said to be 29-year-old Jimmy Lopez. Reports say Lopez's vehicle was on the wrong side of the road when it hit another vehicle head-on. From that vehicle, reports say that Valce Parks, Jawanna Washington, and three juveniles were taken to area hospitals. The factors leading up to the crash are still under investigation at this time.

Lubbock, TX -- May 16, 2022, one person was killed and five were injured due to an accident where a wrong-way vehicle crashed on Marsha Sharp.

Authorities said that the crash took place just after midnight along Marsha Sharp Freeway in the area of Quaker Avenue.

According to officials, officers spotted a wrong-way driver traveling along the freeway. Before they could stop the vehicle, it crashed head-on into a car.

Due to the collision, one person died, and at least five were injured, reports say. At this time, additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Commentary on Jimmy Lopez, Valce Parks, Jawanna Washington Wrong-way Driver Accident in Lubbock

Any crash involving a wrong-way driver is going to raise some serious red flags. Especially just after midnight, it's all too common for alcohol to lead to a crash like this. One of the reasons this is so important to consider is because the level of intoxication wrong-way drivers are usually at is far beyond just the legal limit. To be clear, I don't bring this up to speak ill of anyone. In fact, it's possible there's an outside party here whose recklessness got a man killed and a family seriously hurt: a local bar.

Jimmy Lopez, Valce Parks, Jawanna Washington, Wrong-Way Accident Lubbock, TX

In Texas, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. When someone gets onto the wrong side of the freeway, investigations often show that a local business recklessly continued serving that person well beyond the point of obvious intoxication.

The lengths to which some of these businesses go to break the rules and make a sale is just infuriating. I've even investigated establishments which literally served someone until the alcohol killed them. Making sure those businesses are held accountable should be just as important getting victims and families the help they need. Dram shop just so happens to be an avenue through which one can achieve both results.

Is that something authorities are looking into here? There may be other possible factors that led to this crash, but any scenarios is going to require close attention from experienced professionals. The sooner those steps are taken, the sooner the victims and families get the help they deserve.

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