• July 18, 2022

Juan Rios Moreno, Samir Muniz Killed in Car Accident in El Paso, TX

UPDATE (July 28, 2022): Reports identified the two people killed in the crash as Juan Jose Rios Moreno and Samir Alejandro Muniz. At this time, the exact cause of the crash remains unclear.

El Paso, TX -- July 16, 2022, two people were killed due to an accident where a car crashed along I-10 near Lomaland Drive.

Officials with the El Paso Police Department said that the crash took place at around 2:30 a.m. off the eastbound lanes of the freeway. Police said that a Subaru Impreza was going at high speeds when the vehicle lost control. This caused the vehicle to run off-road and crash along Gateway Boulevard east.

Two people in the car sustained fatal injuries due to the crash. Right now, additional details are unavailable.

Commentary on Juan Rios Moreno, Samir Muniz Car Accident in El Paso

In more recent details given by authorities, police recorded a .337 BAC for the driver involved here. If that is accurate, it would be over four times the legal limit. I don't bring that up to speak ill of the victims. On the contrary, that level of intoxication is often a sign that a local establishment recklessly and illegally over-served a driver and contributed to their death. What exactly does that mean for those affected by tragedies like this?

Juan Rios Moreno, Samir Muniz Killed in Car Accident in El Paso, TX

To put it simply, there is often a local alcohol provider responsible for crashes like this. Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. At 2:30 a.m., estimates say anywhere between 1 in 5 and 1 in 4 drivers on the road are intoxicated, likely due to bars closing at 2:00 a.m. If those businesses send those people out on the road well beyond what anyone would consider reasonable, they're putting lives at risk. Period. Dram shop, then, gives victims and families the tools to hold those reckless businesses accountable. Again, that all may not be what happened here, but it's not something that should just go ignored. If some local business engaged in reckless behavior which got two young men killed, why wouldn't steps be taken to ensure they're held appropriately accountable?

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