• July 26, 2022

Erik Garcia Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash on Texas Ave in College Station, TX

College Station, TX — July 25, 2022, 20-year-old Erik Garcia was killed and two people were injured in a single-vehicle crash in College Station.

According to reports the incident happened around 1:10 a.m. along the 800 block of Texas Avenue near Lincoln Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests only that the driver of a Chevrolet Tahoe somehow lost control while driving in the area and the vehicle then crashed into a pole and overturned.

Garcia, the Tahoe's front passenger, was ejected in the crash and suffered fatal injuries. The driver and a rear passenger were trapped but were awake and alert when responders arrived. After they were freed they were taken to a local hospital.

The investigation in ongoing. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Erik Garcia Accident in College Station

I've learned over the years that folks are often much too happy to just point fingers at the driver in a single-vehicle wreck without giving the matter much more thought. While it's true that these crashes are often caused by operator error, it's unfair to immediately jump to that conclusion before other possible factors are considered. Moreover, even if the driver made a mistake that doesn't necessarily mean they're the only ones responsible.

Take intoxication, for example: DWI drivers are certainly dangerous and when they're caught they face stiff punishments. However, Texas dram shop law says that the businesses who provided their alcohol may also be responsible for the damage they do. If a licensed alcohol vendor sells or serves more drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer and then turns them loose on the road, that business may be liable for any injuries their customer causes or suffers while excessively impaired.

Erik Garcia Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash on Texas Ave in College Station, TX

I'm not saying I know intoxication was a factor in College Station, but an early-morning single-vehicle crash in a college town does set off a few warning bells in that direction. At the very least it seems like something investigators should check carefully--and yet, even if they find the driver was drunk they aren't likely to trace the alcohol to its provider. If a dram shop violation may be involved, the victim's loved ones may need to investigate for themselves with the help of independent experts.

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