• July 07, 2022

Lee Hernandez Jr., Lacey Haislip Injured in Irving, TX Car Accident

UPDATE (July 8, 2022): The passenger injured in this accident has been identified as 21-year-old Lacey Haislip.

Irving, TX — May 25, 2022, 23-year-old Lee Hernandez Jr. and his passenger were injured in a single-vehicle crash on MacArthur Boulevard in Irving.

According to reports the incident happened around 2:55 a.m. on North MacArthur near Old York Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Hernandez was driving a Honda Civic south on the roadway, allegedly at high speeds, when he lost control and left his lane. The car passed through the center median and went airborne between the road's two bridges, falling down to the walkway along the canal below.

Hernandez and his passenger, a 21-year-old woman, were seriously injured in the wreck. Investigators say Hernandez was intoxicated at the time of the crash and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Lee Hernandez, Lacey Haislip Accident in Irving

Police suspect alcohol was a factor in this crash. If evidence confirms that the victim may face some legal consequences for his choices, but it's not my place to speculate about those.

Instead, I want to address a different part of alcohol-related crashes that could help both crash victims get back on their feet. Texas law looks beyond drunk drivers to where and how they drank, and in some cases a local business might have violated Texas dram shop law by over-serving the driver. That could have consequences of its own, some of which could help both injured people with the often-difficult road to recovery.

Lee Hernandez Jr., Lacey Haislip Injured in Irving, TX Car Accident

Basically, dram shop law prohibits licensed alcohol vendors (bars, restaurants, stores, etc) from selling or serving alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do anyway--and that happens far too often--they may be responsible for any injuries their over-served customer causes or suffers while under the influence. This can be a crucial step in ensuring the victims get help, and it also teaches law-breaking bars an important lesson about getting their priorities in order.

Evidence hasn't confirmed that alcohol was involved in this crash, to say nothing of whether a business illegally over-served it. I'm not claiming to know for sure dram shop law applies, but I know from years of experience that it could have helped many people who never knew about it at all so I talk about it after accidents where it might be a concern. If a local business violated its legal duties and someone suffered as a result, that business should be held properly accountable and make whatever amends it can.

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