Six Injured in Crash at US-380 and CR 404 in Lowry Crossing, TX
Lowry Crossing, TX — May 22, 2022, six people were seriously injured in a traffic accident at a highway intersection in Lowry Crossing.
According to reports the incident happened around 10:50 a.m. at the crossing of U.S. Highway 380 and County Road 404. Preliminary investigation suggests 31-year-old Brock Mauer was driving a Ford F-150 pickup north on CR 404 when he allegedly disregarded a red light at the US-380 intersection.
After entering the crossing against the light the Ford collided with a westbound Chevrolet Silverado. After the impact both vehicles spun away and came to rest.
The Chevy pickup's five occupants, among them 41-year-old driver Jose Cervantes and 26-year-old passenger Yeimy Reyes, suffered serious injuries in the crash. The Ford driver was also seriously hurt.
Investigators reported the Ford driver showed multiple signs of intoxication. They noted a plan to subpoena his treatment records as part of a DWI investigation.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Auto Accident in Lowry Crossing
According to reports the at-fault driver is suspected of some very serious misbehavior. If his treatment records prove that true, then most likely some serious charges will follow. Half a dozen people were seriously hurt here, after all, and if intoxicated driving caused that then appropriate consequences should follow. However, it's important to find out if the person facing those consequences is really the only one who should be held accountable.
Put simply, if alcohol is the intoxicant that leads to such an accident then investigators should find out where the alcohol came from. This is due Texas dram shop law, which says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. The business could be a bar, liquor store, restaurant, or even a gas station, but if they hand over drinks to someone clearly past their limits then the law says they may be responsible for whatever harm their customer causes or suffers.
Like I said, it's unclear if anything like that happened here, but plenty of people--including a 2-year-old--were seriously hurt. The driver who supposedly caused that will have their day in court to speak about what happened, but if another party is complicit in all the harm done shouldn't they answer for their actions as well?