• June 21, 2022

Benesia Garcez Injured in Alleged Hit-and-Run in Harris County, TX

Harris County, TX -- June 19, 2022, Benesia Carolina Garcez was struck and injured by an alleged hit-and-run driver in Harris County.

Sources released few specifics about the accident in question. All they say at this time is that driver Malik Milon allegedly failed to stop at the scene or contact emergency services after causing an accident which caused bodily injury to Benesia Garcez. Milon was later apprehended and charged with Failure to Stop and Render Aid.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Benesia Garcez Hit-and-Run in Harris County

A common mistake I see after these incidents is thinking reports already contain all there really is to know. The suspect allegedly fled the scene after hurting the victim and he now faces charges after being caught, so what else is there?

For starters, there's the urgent question of why the suspect took off. Depending on what investigators learn about the accident and why the driver fled, there may unique legal avenues to help the victim recover from her injuries. I think most would agree it's best she gets all the help she deserves.

Benesia Garcez Injured in Alleged Hit-and-Run in Harris County, TX

One of the biggest reasons drivers flee accidents is because they're intoxicated. When alcohol is a factor that way, it could mean a local alcohol provider is partly responsible for the victim's injuries under dram shop law. In that case the business might have a legal duty to help the victim get back on her feet.

I'm not saying for certain that a dram shop violation happened here, but did the authorities even look into it? Little as I like saying it, probably not. Law enforcement often sticks to punishing the dangerous drivers that negligent over-service creates. Careful attention from independent investigators may be necessary to ensure that a bar operating in bad faith is held accountable.

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