Victor Garza Jr. Injured in Car Accident in Houston, TX
Houston, TX -- May 6, 2022, Victor Garza Jr. was injured due to an accident where Garza's vehicle ran off-road and into a tree.
Investigators were called to the area of Hagerman Street and Garrow Street at around 1:00 a.m.
Preliminary reports said that 47-year-old Victor Garza Jr. was in an Infiniti SUV traveling eastbound on Garrow. At Hagerman, it appears the vehicle somehow crossed the intersection, went off-road, and crashed through a fence. The SUV then careened through a vacant lot before hitting a tree.
Garza reportedly had incapacitating injuries in the crash. Right now, the cause of the crash cannot be confirmed.
Commentary on Victor Garza Jr. Car Accident in Houston
With an early morning crash like this, folks will no doubt jump to all kinds of conclusions. We all know the common factors surrounding these crashes--fatigue, alcohol, and distracted driving. But a prudent investigator knows that the potential complexity of any given car crash makes it important to consider even unlikely factors.
For example, a lot of folks come to me about drunk driving wrecks where it turned out a local bar illegally over-served the driver. Why does that change things? Well, bars can be liable under dram shop law if they over-serve someone whose intoxication then gets them or someone else hurt. Is that something police here considered?
Additionally, there have been plenty of times where it turned out authorities overlooked something unusual. Were there any mechanical issues? Were the tires or brakes defective? Was there missing signage at the intersection, making drivers unaware of the hazard? Did the driver have some kind of medical event? Even if it seems like police would look into these things, they can easily miss something they don't have the experience or tools to handle.
That's why it's often more prudent to ensure independent investigators look into crashes like this. That way, the victims and families involved at least have every opportunity to get the help they need.