• May 19, 2022

Teen Passengers Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on Idlewood Drive in McLennan County, TX

McLennan County, TX -- May 2, 2022, two teen girls were seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Idlewood Drive in McLennan County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:20 p.m. on Idlewood near Rain Tree Road. Preliminary investigation suggests 21-year-old Joshua de los Santos was driving a GMC Sierra pickup east on the roadway when he lost control. The pickup left the road to the south and crashed into a large tree.

Two female passengers in the pickup ages 17 and 18 suffered serious injuries in the crash. De los Santos reportedly sustained minor injuries.

Investigators suspected de los Santos was under the influence of alcohol when the truck crashed. Blood samples were collected for testing.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Joshua de los Santos Accident in McLennan County

If blood tests confirm that alcohol consumption was involved here as police suspect, there may be further considerations to this crash--including whether a third party, one often overlooked after such accidents, should face consequences as well.

Texas dram shop law says alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages he causes or suffers while under the influence. This law helps injured crash victims seek much-needed help after they're hurt by impaired drivers. Moreover, it makes sure businesses face consequences for endangering people with reckless over-service. Not every DWI accident involves a dram violation and most businesses follow the rules, but the ones who don't should be held accountable for what happens when they liquor up a customer and send them on their way.

So will police trace the alcohol back to its source in case a bar broke the law? Probably not. They rarely look for dram shop violations despite how important it is to stop them. It often takes independent investigation to ensure those businesses are held properly accountable and injured victims get the help they need and deserve.

Teen Passengers Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on Idlewood Drive in McLennan County, TX

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