Steven James Mounger, Reginaldo Rogelio Romo Killed, Juan Vega Injured in Car Accident in Grayson County, TX
UPDATE (August 4, 2022): In recent reports, authorities allege that a BAC test for Reginaldo Romo returned a .327 result. Right now, this and other factors have yet to be confirmed.
Grayson County, TX -- June 9, 2022, Steven Mounger and Reginaldo Romo were killed and Juan Vega was injured due to an accident where their vehicles crashed head-on.
Investigators responded to the scene at around 12:47 p.m. along US Highway 377, just north of Chisum Trail Road.
According to initial reports, 39-year-old Steven James Mounger was in a northbound vehicle when a southbound vehicle, reportedly driven by 39-year-old Reginaldo Rogelio Romo, somehow went into the northbound lane and hit Mounger's vehicle.
Due to the collision, both Mounger and Rogelio Romo sustained fatal injuries. Reports identified an injured passenger in Mounger's vehicle as 36-year-old Juan Vega, who was flown from the scene.
Right now, the exact cause of the crash remains unclear.
Commentary on Steven Mounger, Reginaldo Rogelio Romo, Juan Vega Car Accident in Grayson County
With recent reports including a supposed BAC result, it's absolutely crucial to consider what role alcohol did or didn't play in this tragedy. To be clear, I don't say any of this to upset anyone. The fact of the matter is a .327 is over four times the legal limit, and that rarely happens without an alcohol provider breaking the law and illegally over-serving someone. Did that happen here?
Put simply, Texas dram shop law says bars and other business can be liable when their over-service of alcohol leads to people getting hurt or killed. Too many establishments in the state have no regard for the safety of the public or even their own customers. As a result, they serve someone to the point someone gets killed. I've seen some egregious behavior from businesses across hundreds of situations families have come to me with. I've even seen bars serve someone so much the alcohol killed them. Is that the sort of thing we should ignore just because it's difficult to discuss? Of course not.
Whether it's help or closure a family seeks, they deserve to know the whole story. This can be crucial for resolving challenging situations--though to call this kind of situation "challenging" would be a serious understatement. If someone out there is responsible for two people losing their lives, shouldn't they face the appropriate consequences? Dram shop could be the avenue to ensure that happens.