One Killed, One Injured in Car Accident on Bob Bullock in Laredo, TX
UPDATE (July 25, 2022): Reports say that charges are pending stemming from the crash. It appears police arrested the driver involved, identified as 30-year-old Gustavo Daniel Leon Pacheco, for allegedly driving while drunk and crashing the vehicle. Authorities allege Pacheco was around four times the legal limit at the time, and charges for intoxication manslaughter are pending. No further information is currently available.
Laredo, TX -- July 18, 2022, one person was killed and one was injured due to an accident where a car crashed along the Bob Bullock Loop.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 1:30 a.m. near Bob Bullock and Sinatra Parkway, near the Laredo International Airport.
At this time, the cause of the crash is unclear. It appears a pickup traveling on the loop somehow ran off-road and crashed into a pole.
Due to the collision, a 31-year-old passenger sustained fatal injuries. The 30-year-old driver had unspecified injuries. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Fatal Car Accident on Bob Bullock in Laredo
With the recent allegations, it's important to understand what can come next for a family put through such an unbelievable arduous process. While I would reemphasize the need to consider all possible factors contributing to the crash, claims of alcohol in particular raise certain concerns which experience tells me may not get the attention they deserve. Specifically, are authorities looking to find out if a local bar contributed to this awful event?
In 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. Consider that authorities here are claiming the accuses drunk driver was around four times the legal limit. At twice the legal limit, most people are showing telltale signs of intoxication. Four times the legal limit is often black-out drunk. That means any complicit establishment almost certainly broke the law, and they would need to be held accountable for reckless actions which ultimately led to someone's death.
Maybe that isn't what happened here, but it can take more thorough investigations than police conduct to get clear answers. Are those steps being taken here?