Gerardo Vasquez Injured in Auto Accident on 42nd St in Ector County, TX
Ector County, TX — June 3, 2022, 26-year-old Gerardo Vasquez was seriously injured in an auto accident on 42nd Street in Ector County.
According to reports the incident happened around 11:15 a.m. on West 42nd near Mark Twain Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests Vasquez was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck west on the roadway at alleged high speeds when he lost control for unknown reasons.
The pickup yawed and entered a side-skid, then crashed through the metal fence of a nearby property. It hit a backhoe and several pieces of equipment before finally colliding with a parked Chevy 3500 pickup and coming to rest.
Vasquez suffered serious injuries in the wreck and was transported to an area hospital. Witnesses told investigators he had admitted to drinking alcohol prior to driving.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Gerardo Vasquez Accident in Ector County
If reports have their facts straight it seems the injured victim admitted to drinking alcohol before crashing. Some may think that only means he'll be charged accordingly, but there may be other things to consider--including whether another party should face consequences of tis own.
The law understands that someone can make a mistake while also considering whether anyone or anything else had a hand in the damage done. Drunk driving wrecks are examples of that idea: The drivers often face charges for their choices even as Texas dram shop law holds the negligent businesses that got them intoxicated accountable for over-serving them.
When bars or other licensed businesses sell or serve alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers, the law says they may be liable for any injuries those customers cause or suffer while under the influence. The business would then have to help the people hurt by its negligence with the long and difficult road to recovery.
Not every DWI accident involves a dram violation, but it's always important to find out whether a bar or other business endangered its customers and community by illegally over-serving its patrons. So will police find out where the victim's drinks came from in Ector County? Unfortunately, I doubt it.
Police don't look too hard for law-breaking businesses despite how important it is to stop their bad behavior. People injured in drunk driving accidents are better off having independent investigators look for the evidence they need to hold bad bars responsible.