Ambrocio Alvarez Killed, Four Injured in Wrong-Way Crash on Dee Gabriel Collins Road in Austin, TX
UPDATE (June 22, 2022): Sources have identified the person killed in this accident as 22-year-old Ambrocio Alvarez. Injured the crash were 27-year-old Alexandra Espinoza, her 27-year-old passenger Hugo Sanchez, a 46-year-old man in Alvarez' vehicle, and a 6-year-old boy in Espinoza's vehicle.
Austin, TX -- May 21, 2022, one person was killed and four were injured in a head-on collision on Dee Gabriel Collins Road in south Austin.
Authorities say the incident happened just after midnight on the 7000 block of Collins Road near McKinney Falls Parkway. Preliminary investigation suggests that a Honda Civic was traveling west on Collins when it reportedly crossed left of center at high speeds. After entering the oncoming lane it collided with an eastbound Honda Accord.
After the impact the Civic came to rest in the middle of the road, while the Accord was jolted backward into the brush line off the road.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Head-On Crash on Dee Gabriel Collins Rd in Austin
UPDATE (June 22, 2022): Further investigation revealed more details about the crash, which we have used to update our own narrative. In light of the new information we have also changed the commentary below.
Investigators noted detecting a strong alcoholic odor in and around the crossover car in Austin. Open containers were reportedly found in various places inside it as well, leading police to believe intoxication may have played a part.
That seems like a justifiable suspicion given what they found, but as always I remind everyone that suspicion isn't proof. To get that officers requested toxicological testing on the suspected DWI driver; depending on what those tests reveal, the investigation may need to branch out.
What do I mean? Well, Texas and many other states have dram shop laws that regulate how much alcohol various vendors (bars, restaurants, stores, etc) are allowed to sell customers. If they provide more drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer, and that customer then hurts himself or other people while under the influence, that business may be liable for the damage he causes.
It's not clear whether anyone over-served the driver. If he was sober when he bought the drinks officers found in the car, then it's not likely any business broke the law by selling them to him. However, if they could tell he was already impaired when he purchased those drinks then whoever sold them may have violated dram shop law and would have a legal obligation to help the victims with their injuries. At the very least, a possible way to help four people and a fifth one's family recover from a devastating accident merits further investigation.