• June 16, 2022

Devin Anderson Killed, Joel Garcia, Francisco Velasquez, 1 Injured in Car Accident in Collin County, TX

Collin County, TX -- March 13, 2022, Devin Anderson was killed, Joel Garcia, Francisco Velasquez, and one were injured, due to a car accident.

Preliminary reports indicated that the crash took place at around 12:43 a.m. along US Highway 380 at FM 1827.

Officials said that 24-year-old Devin Anderson was in a Mini Cooper traveling westbound on the highway. Traffic ahead was stopped at a red light. Somehow, Anderson's vehicle crashed into the back of those vehicles.

Due to the collision, Anderson ultimately succumbed to fatal injuries. The driver of a Dodge Ram and two passengers, who were identified as Joel Garcia and Francisco Velasquez, had possible injuries. The 19-year-old driver of a Chevy Silverado also reportedly had possible injuries.

In their reports, officials said that Anderson's BAC test result was at .211 following the crash. This and other factors require further investigation to confirm.

Commentary on Devin Anderson, Joel Garcia, Francisco Velasquez Car Accident in Collin County

Just to be clear up front, it's important to take reports like this with a grain of salt. They are no infallible, and further investigations could show that police overlooked something important or made mistakes. But when their reports say someone was nearly three times the legal limit, it's irresponsible to ignore that. And that's not to cast aspersions on the victim who lost their life here. On the contrary, my career is filled with examples of people who lost their life because some local bar recklessly and illegally over-served them.

Devin Anderson Killed, Joel Garcia, Francisco Velasquez, 1 Injured in Car Accident in Collin County, TX

In Texas, it's illegal for alcohol providers such as bars and restaurants to over-serve someone who is obviously intoxicated. Anyone outside of a bar around closing time will no doubt see all kinds of examples of someone who was illegally over-served stumbling to their cars. The behavior I've encountered would just shock people. I've even seen situations where a bar served someone literally to death, pouring drinks directly into barely-conscious mouths, and even helping someone to their car and putting the keys in the ignition for them.

That's why dram shop law allows victims and families to hold those businesses accountable for their actions. While there can certainly be administrative and criminal consequences, I've found that dram shop consistently gets businesses to clean up their act. The fact it can be a significant source of help for victims and families only makes it more important to consider.

Again, I can't say if anything like that happened here. But will of the people affected here and one person losing their life, shouldn't every possible step be taken to ensure the victims and families are all getting the full story?


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