• June 20, 2022

Valerie Cardenas, Lillie Marple Injured in Car Accident on Airport Fwy in Irving, TX

Irving, TX — May 14, 2022, 20-year-old Valerie Cardenas and 19-year-old Lillie Marple were injured in a crash on Airport Freeway in Irving.

According to reports the incident happened around 11:00 p.m. on East Airport Freeway near Peters Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Marple was driving a Kia Soul east on the freeway when she started to exit toward Regal Row. She instead drove into the gore area between the exit lane and the main lanes.

The Kia hit a water-barrel and traveled back into the main lanes facing sideways. Cardenas then approached in an eastbound Honda Accord and crashed into the Kia as it re-entered the highway.

Cardenas and Marple both sustained serious injuries in the crash. Investigators suspected Marple of being intoxicated and collected samples for testing.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Valerie Cardenas, Lillie Marple Accident on Airport Fwy in Irving

To be clear neither I nor anyone else can know for certain that what reports say is true without further investigations first. That's why I always take allegations like those made in reports with a grain of salt. Evidence could still could show alcohol wasn't an issue here, but rather the suspect's vehicle just had a serious mechanical failure that sent her off-course. For the sake of everyone involved it's always best to evaluate all the possibilities instead of getting tunnel vision.

That said, however, alcohol is always a serious factor to consider. Not only should someone under the age of 21 not ever get the alcohol necessary to be in a DWI crash, but it's even possible that a third party should face consequences for providing it to her and injuring two young women.

People tend to think that DWI accidents result in consequences only for the driver (if evidence confirms they were intoxicated, of course). However, situations with underage drivers have some additional wrinkles that must be ironed out to ensure everyone who made unfortunate choices faces the music.

Valerie Cardenas, Lillie Marple Injured in Car Accident on Airport Fwy in Irving, TX

With just a few exceptions, any adult giving alcohol to someone underage is subject to some penalties. Businesses that directly sell it to them may even lose their liquor license. More than that, though, those same businesses may actually be liable for the damage their young customer causes or suffers while under the influence.

This is due to dram shop law, which says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries resulting from that intoxication. Over the years working on dram shop and liquor liability cases, I've learned that places willing to serve teens don't usually draw the line at over-serving them. If one did that in Irving, that business may have a duty to help both the young women hurt in the crash with the difficulties of their recovery.

So what steps have authorities taken to ensure any outside parties are held accountable for their part in the wreck? If the answer is "few to none," maybe an independent investigation would be better to see justice properly done.

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