• July 25, 2022

Jose Antonio Garcia Killed, 1 Injured in Car Accident in Austin, TX

UPDATE (October 10, 2022): In recent statements, authorities say they arrested 21-year-old Reinaldo Manuel Rodriguez in connection with the crash. The victim, identified as Jose Antonio Garcia, was said to be a passenger in Rodriguez's vehicle. Jose Garcia died following the crash while another passenger was injured. Authorities allege that Rodriguez said the trio were "celebrating his 21st birthday" prior to the crash. At this time, Rodriguez is said to be facing manslaughter charges. No further information is available at this time.

Austin, TX — July 18, 2022, one person was killed in a high-speed single-vehicle accident on Decker Lane in Austin.

According to reports the incident happened just before 2:30 a.m. along Decker Lane near Farm to Market Road 969. Preliminary investigation suggests Austin PD officers saw a Honda Accord traveling at high speeds along Decker just before it crashed into a tree off the road near FM 969.

The Honda's three occupants were taken to an area hospital where one person, a 22-year-old man, died a short time later. The other two were not seriously injured.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Jose Antonio Garcia Car Accident in Austin

Just to be clear up front, I don't know anything more about this tragedy than what authorities have already made public. The recent charges filed here obviously raise some serious red flags. It's even more concerning authorities claim the victims were out celebrating someone's 21st birthday when the crash happened. Initially, I brought up alcohol as a possibility only due to it being a common possible factor. Now, it would be irresponsible not to find out what events preceded this awful event. Whatever consequences the driver here may face is between them and the authorities. In the meantime, there could be a local establishment that needs to take responsibility for their own role in the victim's death.

Put simply, 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. All one has to do is be outside a bar at closing time to see exactly what "obviously intoxicated" looks like. Too many businesses have zero qualms with putting their community and even their own customers in serious danger, yet they rarely face consequences unless victims and families get an experienced dram shop attorney to confront them.

I certainly can't say if anything like that happened here, but someone losing their life means it's worth every effort to ensure someone is telling their side of the story. Authorities may have taken some steps, but are they really getting the whole story for the victim's loved ones?

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