Andrea Santos Aguilera Killed in Alleged DWI Accident in Williamson County, TX
Williamson County, TX -- July 1, 2022, Andrea Santos Aguilera was killed following an accident allegedly involving intoxicated driving.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 2:14 a.m. along Highway 195 near the intersection of County Road 240.
According to reports, 22-year-old Andrea Santos Aguilera was in a Nissan Versa traveling southbound on the highway. Aguilera reportedly stopped on the right shoulder with lights activated. Sometime later, a Chevy Silverado went onto the shoulder and crashed into Aguilera's vehicle, sending it off-road.
Due to the crash, Aguilera sustained fatal injuries. The other driver, identified as Andres Jamie Bermejo, was allegedly under the influence of alcohol at the time. Reports show potential charges for intoxication manslaughter, though this cannot currently be confirmed.
Commentary on Andrea Santos Aguilera Alleged DWI Accident in Williamson County
If the allegations in these reports are true, then there will no doubt be serious consequences for this tragic event. But folks may think that would only apply to the allegedly drunk driver. In reality, they may be just one of the parties responsible for the victim's death. A prudent investigator knows it would also be important to find out if a local alcohol provider also played a role in the deadly crash.
This is due to dram shop law, which says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. I can't begin to count how many times families come to me with a serious crash only to find police didn't even bother to look into dram shop.
If a bar, liquor store, restaurant, or some other business breaks the law for its own personal gain, and that leads to someone being seriously hurt or killed, shouldn't that warrant every possible step to ensure they're held accountable? The fact dram shop can be a significant help to those victims and families only makes it that much more important.
So while I can't say what did or didn't happen here, I can say there are far too many familiar red flags to ignore. There's a family out there in need of answers. Did authorities take the necessary steps to get those answers, or will that require more thorough independent investigations from professionals who know what to look for?