• July 21, 2022

Jenny Hernandez, One Other Injured in Rollover Crash in Van Zandt County, TX

Van Zandt County, TX — July 2, 2022, Jenny Hernandez and another person were injured in a single-vehicle wreck on FM 2965 in Van Zandt County.

According to reports the incident happened around 2:00 a.m. on FM 2965 near County Road 3901. Preliminary investigation suggests a 36-year-old man was driving a Hummer H2 south on the roadway and lost control in a curve.

The Hummer partially left the road into the west ditch and the driver corrected left, then over-corrected right. The vehicle side-skidded back into the west ditch and overturned, rolling several times until it crashed through a fence and came to rest on its passenger side.

Hernandez, 66, and another passenger, 27, suffered serious injuries in the wreck. The driver, unhurt, was suspected of being intoxicated and investigators drew blood for testing.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Jenny Hernandez Accident in Van Zandt County

If blood tests confirm the suspect was intoxicated as police believe, he may face some legal consequences for the damage done to his passengers. That's not really for me to remark upon, though, as it's a criminal matter and between the suspect and the state.

I consider it more relevant to talk about what can be done to help the victims. If intoxication really played a significant part in what happened then it's important they know about Texas dram shop law and how it could help them.

Jenny Hernandez, One Other Injured in Rollover Crash in Van Zandt County, TX

Dram shop law basically says that a licensed alcohol provider which over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries their customer causes while under the influence. That means bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and other establishments can be held legally accountable when they keep selling drinks to customers who then hurt someone in accidents like the one above.

However, police priorities generally lie elsewhere and they rarely have the time or resources to hunt down negligent businesses. It's often better to have independent investigators look into that rather than waiting for police to take action. No matter who does the looking, though, the sooner someone investigates what led to the crash the sooner there can be some useful answers. Any further steps would largely depend on what those answers turn out to be.

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