Teens Injured in Alleged DWI Driver Accident on 19th Street in Lubbock, TX
Lubbock, TX -- June 12, 2022, two teenagers were injured after an accident on 19th Street allegedly involving an intoxicated driver.
Investigators said that they were called to the intersection of 19th Street and West Loop 289 at around 9:00 p.m.
According to officials, two teenagers were in a vehicle traveling northbound along Loop 289. Somehow, a collision occurred with a pickup, injuring both teenagers.
Police identified the pickup driver as 41-year-old Cayetano Calzoncit, who police say was intoxicated at the time. This and other details are still under investigation.
Commentary on Alleged DWI Accident on 19th Street in Lubbock
It's not my place to say if the allegations here are true, but if they are, there could be other factors the victims and families involved need to know about. Intoxicated driving is rarely the responsibility of the drivers alone, as odd as that may sound. Especially in a college town like Lubbock, there could also be a negligent alcohol provider responsible for contributing to the deadly crash.
Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. That could be a bar, liquor store, restaurant, or even a gas station. Put simply, a business breaking the law and putting the community in danger should be held accountable for their actions just as drunk drivers are held accountable for their actions. Dram shop gives people the tools to ensure that happens.
Like I said, I can't say if any of that happened here, but it's an important possible factor that authorities often overlook. That's yet another reason I find independent investigations to be more prudent for victims and families involved in crashes like this. Are those steps being taken here?