• July 18, 2022

Juan Riosmoreno, 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 Riosmoreno 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 Riosmoreno, Samir Muniz Car Accident in El Paso

I just want to be clear up front that I don't know anything about this crash beyond what's in the news, and even that is worth taking with a grain of salt. Especially this early in the morning, there can be all kinds of factors authorities don't take into account. The one no doubt on a lot of people's minds, of course, is alcohol. If that happened here, what could that mean for those left behind?

Juan Riosmoreno, 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 anywhere between 1 in 5 and 1 in 4 drivers are intoxicated, likely due to bars closing at 2:00 a.m. If some local business contributes to two people losing their lives, isn't that important to address? Dram shop provides the tools to do just that.

With all of that said, this is just one possibility, and I only address it because it's common yet complex. A proper investigation must also consider even less likely possibilities, which is often where authorities come up short. Tire blowouts, fatigue, distraction, road hazards, medical emergencies, mechanical defects--likely or not, a proper independent investigation must ensure nothing slips through the cracks. Experience makes me skeptical that the authorities can say the same for their investigations.

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