Marcos Gomez Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on FM 3364 in Collin County, TX
Collin County, TX — February 20, 2022, 20-year-old Marcos Gomez was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Farm to Market Road 3364 in Collin County.
According to reports the incident happened around 3:00 a.m. on FM 3364 near County Road 968. Preliminary investigation suggests Gomez was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck south on the roadway when he lost control.
The pickup veered to the right and hit a mailbox, then passed through the west bar ditch and hit a concrete driveway. It went airborne briefly and landed back in the ditch, spun around, and hit a metal culvert with its left side. It overturned and rolled several times before coming to rest upright in another driveway facing west.
Gomez suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Blood tests later revealed he had a BAC of .213 at the time of the accident.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Marcos Gomez Accident on FM 3364 in Collin County
Alcohol is always a serious factor to consider when reports say it was involved in a crash. Not only should someone under the age of 21 never get the alcohol necessary to be in a DWI wreck, but it's also possible that a third party should face consequences for providing it to him.
With just a few exceptions, any adult giving alcohol to an underage person will likely face legal trouble if caught. Businesses that directly sell it to minors may even lose their licenses. In addition, those same businesses may actually be liable for the damage their young customers cause or suffer 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 alcohol vendors willing to sell to underage people at all don't usually have problems with over-serving them as well. If one did that in Collin County, that business may have a duty to help the young man's family recover the best they can.
No apologies or recompense can bring back what the victim's family lost. Holding the right parties accountable is sometimes more about teaching them the grave error of their ways and ensuring they change, so no one else faces similar heartbreak in the future. Unfortunately, police rarely look into possible dram shop violations. Would an independent investigation stand a better chance of finding the whole truth and seeing justice done?