Demetrius Childs Injured in Car Accident on US-90 in Val Verde County, TX
Val Verde County, TX — May 7, 2022, 30-year-old Demetrius Childs was seriously injured in a traffic accident on U.S. Highway 90 in Val Verde County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:10 a.m. on US-90 at US-277. Preliminary investigation suggests Childs was driving a Toyota Camry south on US-90 and approached a stopped Jeep Wrangler at the US-277 intersection. Reports indicate Childs crashed into the rear of the Jeep without braking.
The impact pushed the Jeep off the road and the Toyota came to rest across the main lanes of US-90.
Childs suffered serious injuries. The Jeep driver, Karina Diego, reportedly received minor injuries.
Investigators reports smelling a strong odor of alcohol on Childs' person. Blood samples were collected for testing as part of a DWI investigation.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Demetrius Childs Accident on US-90 in Val Verde County
UPDATE (June 24, 2022): Later reports indicate the seriously-injured crash victim had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .262 at the time of the crash. I don't say that in judgment, but confirmation that he was significantly over the legal limit for intoxication may add some additional steps to the investigation.
As I mentioned before, alcohol-related crashes in Texas sometimes involve holding the businesses that over-serve it responsible for the damage their intoxicated patrons cause or suffer. Under dram shop law such a business may have a legal duty to make what amends it can to the victim after the US-90 accident. Not every DWI crash involves a dram violation, but as the victim was found to be over three times the legal limit it's vital to know whether a business helped him reach that point of obvious intoxication.
Unfortunately, bad bars and dram violations generally get little attention from police. If one is suspected then it's usually best for those affected to get help from independent investigators who know how to get the necessary proof. Armed with receipts, witness statements, video footage, social media activity, and other evidence, many people hurt by reckless over-service have held bad businesses accountable for breaking the law and contributing to their injuries.
ORIGINAL: If blood tests confirm alcohol was involved here some may think that just means the driver will be charged accordingly, but there are other issues to address. For one thing, criminal punishment really won't help him get back on his feet. Any DWI crash victim, even a suspected drunk driver, deserves any assistance they can get with the hard road ahead. With that in mind we should talk about Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages he causes or suffers while under the influence. A dram shop claim against a reckless bar can help an injured victim seek much-needed help with the difficulties of recovery. Furthermore, it makes sure an offending business faces consequences for negligently endangering its customers and the public.
So if alcohol was a factor does that mean police will track down the drinks' source? Little as I like saying this, probably not. They don't often look into dram shop violations, so if a bar may have broken the law it's often better for independent investigators to seek proof of that. Armed with receipts, witness statements, security footage, and other evidence, many folks have successfully held bad alcohol providers accountable for the damage their negligent over-service led to.