Yvonne Garza, Child Injured in SUV Accident on Caldwell St in Falfurrias, TX
Falfurrias, TX — May 26, 2022, 29-year-old Yvonne Garza was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Caldwell Street in Falfurrias.
According to reports the incident happened around 12:25 a.m. on North Caldwell near San Saba Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Garza was driving a GMC Yukon SUV south at alleged high speeds when she lost control and veered left. The Yukon left the road and crashed into a tree in the yard of a private property.
Garza received a serious leg injury in the crash. A child in the vehicle reportedly received possible head injuries. Both were taken to an area hospital.
Investigators believe Garza was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Blood samples were collected for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Yvonne Garza Accident on Caldwell St in Falfurrias
It's obviously serious any time police say alcohol was a factor, but I'm not here preach about the perils of drunk driving or wag a judgmental finger. Instead it's far more helpful to look at ways to help the people hurt in the wreck--including the alleged DWI driver. When determining what can be done, one important detail to clarify is where their alcohol came from. That matters because of Texas dram shop law.
In a nutshell, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider (bar, restaurant, club, store, etc) that over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages caused by their intoxication. If someone drank at a bar, for example, investigators could learn that its staff continued to serve her even though it was clear she was past her limits. If they over-served that obviously intoxicated customer and she suffered injuries while under the influence, dram shop law allows her to hold the business accountable for its contribution to her accident and injuries.
Blood tests have yet to conclusively say whether or not this was really a DWI accident, but if they're right then the alcohol provider should also be identified. Unfortunately police are rarely thorough enough to find out who served the drinks. It's an important point to clarify after a crash like this one to ensure the right parties are held accountable. If businesses are never taken to task for reckless over-service, they'll never see the need to change their ways.