Justin Garza Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash on FM 149 in Montgomery County, TX
Montgomery County, TX — June 6, 2022, 23-year-old Justin Garza was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on FM 149 in Montgomery County.
According to reports the incident happened around 5:00 a.m. on FM 149 near Sharp Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Garza was driving a Chevrolet Silverado C1500 pickup north on the roadway when he allegedly failed to maintain a single lane. The truck continued straight through a curve and left the road, hitting a sign and a nearby tree.
Garza suffered serious injuries in the accident. Investigators believe he was intoxicated at the time of the crash and a DWI investigation is ongoing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Justin Garza Accident in Montgomery County
Police seem to think the driver hurt in this accident was intoxicated when it happened. Even if blood tests confirm that, some may feel there's not much else to say about it aside from charging him accordingly.
However, there are other aspects of DWI accidents to investigate. For instance, many drunk drivers have "accomplices" of sorts that too often escape responsibility for their role in these crashes. That's why police should also find out where the victim drank before driving.
Texas dram shop law broadens the responsibility for DWI wrecks beyond the drivers to sometimes include the businesses that sold or served them drinks. If further investigations determine a licensed alcohol vendor over-served the driver prior to the accident, it may be expected to make whatever amends it can to the person hurt by its reckless over-service.
Some people argue that a bar shouldn't be held responsible for giving customers what they want, but it's hard to dispute the dangers of bars serving drinks nonstop before turning their over-intoxicated customers loose on the roads. In the course of my career I've seen the devastating effects of that reckless and illegal behavior far too many times, and I can't be alone in wanting it shut down for good.
Not every DWI wreck starts with a dram violation, but they're more common than many people think and they should be dealt with swiftly if a bar is endangering its community. Will the authorities look into the possibility of such a violation here, or would an independent investigation better ensure the victim's family gets the help and justice they deserve?