Alhana Cuevas Injured in Car Accident on Colwell Blvd in Irving, TX
Irving, TX — May 21, 2022, 22-year-old Alhana Cuevas was seriously injured in a crash with a suspected drunk driver on Colwell Boulevard in Irving.
According to reports the wreck happened around 11:50 p.m. on Colwell at Las Colinas Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests Cuevas was driving a Nissan Sentra northeast on Colwell when she reached the Las Colinas intersection. Nearby, an Audi A6 was traveling northwest on Las Colinas approaching Colwell.
Reports say Cuevas stopped at the 4-way intersection and started to proceed with the right-of-way when the Audi driver ran her stop sign and hit the Nissan.
Cuevas suffered serious injuries in the collision. Investigators said the Audi driver was intoxicated and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Alhana Cuevas Accident in Irving
If the allegations here are true (it's not my place to say one way or the other, of course), then there could be serious factors to address here. Obviously, if someone's intoxicated at the wheel that can lead to serious criminal consequences. However, people aren't always aware that alcohol-related crashes often involve a third party--an "accomplice" of sorts--that should also be held responsible.
Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider that over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be held liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. The provider could be anything from a bar to a gas station to a restaurant, but if it can serve alcohol and gives someone too much it may be on the hook for the injuries they cause or suffer while impaired.
Blood test results are still needed to say whether alcohol was really a factor here before anyone starts hunting around for a negligent provider. However, even when intoxication is confirmed authorities consider their job ended at charging a suspect. They rarely priorities looking for ways to actually help the victims. Dram shop is one possible way to do that, so if police don't plan to pursue that chance then the victim may be better served by independent investigations.