• May 24, 2022

Gennifer Pena Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on Harrison St in Amarillo, TX

Amarillo, TX -- May 11, 2022, 35-year-old passenger Gennifer Pena was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Harrison Street in Amarillo.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:45 p.m. on South Harrison near 16th Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests an 18-year-old male was driving a Nissan Murano south on the 1600 block of Harrison, a one-way street. Reports say the driver lost control and the car veered left, ran off the road, and hit a tree.

Pena, a front passenger in the Nissan, suffered serious injuries in the crash. The driver reportedly received minor injuries.

Investigators noted a belief that the driver was drinking alcohol before the accident. Blood samples were collected for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Gennifer Pena Accident on Harrison St in Amarillo

It's obviously concerning any time authorities bring up alcohol, but the possibility of an 18-year-old driving under the influence makes it even more crucial to find out where the drinks came from. It's an urgent detail to learn partly to learn if any adults should face legal consequences for supplying alcohol to the teen, but also to determine whether a local business served it directly to him. If such a business over-served the driver that could make them liable for his passenger's serious injuries under Texas dram shop law, to say nothing of all the hot water they'd be in for selling drinks to an underage party.

While it's not clear at this stage of the investigation whether a business flagrantly broke more than one law, any establishment that does shouldn't be allowed to put its community at further risk. Will authorities surprise me by taking the time to trace down the drinks' source, or should there be a more thorough independent investigation?

Gennifer Pena Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on Harrison St in Amarillo, TX

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