Roy Cavazos, Judy Quijano, Jerardo Castillo Injured in Car Accident on Avenue Q in Lubbock, TX
UPDATE (June 21, 2022): Reports identified the victims involved in the crash, which is now being investigated as an alleged intoxicated driving crash. They said that Jerardo Castillo and Judy Quijano were in a pickup which crashed with another vehicle driven by Roy Cavazos. All three people reportedly had serious injuries due to the crash. Police allege that Castillo was intoxicated, and they filed charges for intoxication assault. No further information is available at this time.
Lubbock, TX -- June 19, 2022, three people were injured in , due to an accident where two vehicles crashed along Avenue Q.
It appears that two pickups somehow collided at the intersection of Avenue Q and 46th at around 1:30 a.m. The cause of the crash is unclear at this time. As a result of the collision, two people reportedly had serious injuries while a third had moderate injuries. Investigations are ongoing at this time.
Commentary on Roy Cavazos, Judy Quijano, Jerardo Castillo Car Accident in Lubbock
This early in the morning, to be a bit blunt, if would be more surprising if alcohol wasn't involved. It's all too common in the early hours around last call, and it's important to look into. The fact police now allege that there was an intoxicated driver here, it's even more important to look into the possibility a local alcohol is responsible for contributing to all of this.
This is due to dram shop law, which 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, restaurant, liquor store, or even a gas station. If something like that happened here, shouldn't steps be taken to ensure the right parties are held accountable--especially if it can get people the help they need?
With all that said, dram shop is just one possibility of many. I certainly can't say if it applies here, but as investigations continue, it's important to ensure opportunities to get people the help they deserve don't slip through the cracks.