J. Carmen Garcia Padron Killed, 1 Injured in Car Accident in Dallas, TX
UPDATE (July 18, 2022): Sources identified the man killed in the crash as 43-year-old J. Carmen Garcia Padron. Others were not identified, and additional details remain unavailable.
Dallas, TX -- April 30, 2022, one person was killed and one was injured due to an accident in which a vehicle crashed into a disabled car on the LBJ Freeway.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at approximately 2:21 a.m. in the area of LBJ Freeway/I-635 and Denton Drive.
According to officials, a Toyota Camry was on westbound lanes, reportedly with no lights on and stationary in the middle of a lane of travel. While there, a Volkswagen and a Mercedes-Benz both crashed into the vehicle.
Due to the collision, the driver of the Toyota ultimately succumbed to fatal injuries. The Mercedes-Benz driver, a 37-year-old Pearland man, had incapacitating injuries.
The factors surrounding the crash are unclear at this time.
Commentary on Fatal Car Accident at Denton Drive in Dallas
It's dangerous enough to be on the freeway while stationary, but the vehicle possibly not having its lights on only makes things more concerning. This may have just been a terrible case of wrong time and place due to mechanical issues or some kind of medical emergency. But this early in the morning, one also can't rule out something like alcohol.
I only bring this up because just after 2:00 a.m. is one of the most dangerous times to be on the road due to drunk drivers on their way home from bars. It's important in those cases to find out if someone was illegally over-served by a local bar. Those businesses can be liable for contributing to a deadly crash like this under dram shop law if they over-served someone who was obviously intoxicated.
Again, I can't say if that happened here. It's simply that the events leading up to this aren't all that usual, and there are no doubt families in need of as many answers and as much help as they can get. Dram shop is just one possibility, but it's one that authorities rarely dig deeply enough into. Are more thorough investigations happening here?