• July 07, 2022

Celena Mejia-Walker Injured in Brownwood, TX Car Accident on Austin Ave

Brownwood, TX — June 15, 2022, 39-year-old Celena Mejia-Walker was injured in a crash with a suspected DWI driver in Brownwood.

According to reports the incident happened around 1:05 p.m. on Austin Avenue (FM 2524) at Coggin Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests a Toyota Camry was headed north on Austin Ave when the driver started to turn left at Coggin. Reports say the Toyota driver failed to yield the right-of-way to Mejia-Walker's southbound Ford Explorer and the two collided in the intersection.

Mejia-Walker suffered serious injuries in the collision. The Toyota driver received minor injuries.

Investigators suspected the Toyota driver was intoxicated and collected blood samples for testing as part of a DWI investigation.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Celena Mejia-Walker Accident in Brownwood

If blood tests confirm alcohol was involved here as police believe, some may think that just means the suspected DWI driver will face related charges. However, if intoxication was a factor then there may be other issues to address. For instance, police should also find out where the suspect drank that day. But why would that matter?

Texas and many other states broaden the responsibility for DWI wrecks beyond the drivers to sometimes include the businesses that sold or served them drinks. If further investigations find a licensed alcohol vendor provided more alcohol to the driver when she was obviously intoxicated, that business may be responsible for the victim's injuries under dram shop law. It would then be legally obligated to help her get back on her feet.

Celena Mejia-Walker Injured in Brownwood, TX Car Accident on Austin Ave

Dram shop law was created to ensure negligent over-service is met with appropriate consequences. Not every DWI wreck starts with a dram violation, but they're more common than people think and it's always best to stop a reckless business from endangering its community. Will the authorities look into a possible dram violation here, or would an independent investigation better ensure the victim gets the help she deserves?

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