Jesus Candido Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on TX-16 in Comanche County
Comanche County, TX — June 27, 2022, 30-year-old Jesus Candido was injured in a single-vehicle crash on State Highway 16 in Comanche County.
According to reports the incident happened around 6:25 p.m. on Highway 16 near Comanche city limits. Preliminary investigation suggests Candido was driving a Ford F-150 pickup north on the highway when he lost control and left the road to the right. He then over-corrected left, causing the pickup to run through the travel lanes off the other side of the road. It then spun and entered a side-skid before overturning and rolling several times.
Candido, reportedly not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the truck as it rolled. He suffered serious injuries. Investigators believe he was intoxicated at the time, but he allegedly refused to provide samples for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Jesus Candido Accident in Comanche County
If clear evidence ultimately shows alcohol was a factor here as suspected, some might think that's only relevant as far as related charges for the driver. However, it could mean there are other things to consider as well. For instance, police should then look into where the drinks came from.
Texas dram shop law says that licensed alcohol providers like bars, restaurants, or liquor stores may not serve or sell alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do, the law may consider them liable for injuries those customers cause--even to themselves--while under the influence. They would then have a duty to help the injured people get back on their feet.
To be clear, right now intoxication must still be confirmed with evidence before anyone starts looking for a bar that over-served alcohol. I'm not saying either one is a certainty; it's just important to know for sure one way or the other when alcohol consumption may be directly responsible for injuries. Will police look into that possibility, or are independent investigations needed to find the truth and get the victim the help he deserves?