Martin Vazquez Killed in Rollover Accident on I-35E in Lewisville, TX
Lewisville, TX — June 20, 2022, 24-year-old Martin Arredondo Vazquez was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 35 in Lewisville.
According to reports the incident happened around 12:50 a.m. on I-35 East near Round Grove Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Vazquez was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe north on the highway when he lost control for unknown reasons. The Tahoe veered into the concrete barrier on the road's west side, then rebounded through the lanes and hit the east barrier. After the impact it overturned and rolled one or more times before coming to rest.
Vazquez, reportedly not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the Chevy and suffered fatal injuries.
Investigators noted finding alcohol containers in and around the vehicle and believe the victim may have been under the influence.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Martin Vazquez Accident in Lewisville
It's serious any time police bring up alcohol as a possible factor in an accident. Obviously it's hazardous for someone to drive around under the influence, but there are actually more implications to a possible DWI crash than people may realize. A lot of folks call me about crashes like this one and are surprised when I want to know where the driver was drinking prior to their accident. Why would that detail matter?
People often don't realize that bars and other licensed alcohol providers (nightclubs, restaurants, stores) may be liable for the damage done in a drunk-driving crash if they sold or served drinks to an obviously intoxicated person. If a business over-serves someone who clearly shouldn't be sold more alcohol, they violate Texas dram shop law and may be responsible for any harm their customer causes or suffers while under the influence.
To be clear, over-service isn't always a matter of a bar refilling someone's glass until they fall off their stool. Any business that sells or serves drinks, from a neighborhood pub to a local grocery store, is obligated by law to refuse service if it's clear their customer is already past his limits. They can't always tell and not every DWI crash starts with a dram shop violation, but it's an important detail to look into after an accident like the one in Lewisville. If a law-breaking business had a hand in the crash's tragic results, it should be held accountable for that.