Katia Loredo Injured by Alleged DWI Driver on LBJ in Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX — July 3, 2022, 45-year-old Katia Loredo was injured in a crash with a suspected DWI driver on LBJ Freeway in Dallas.
According to reports the incident happened around 6:30 a.m. on LBJ near Midway Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chevrolet Silverado was headed west in the far right lane of the highway some distance behind Loredo's Volkswagen Golf.
Reports say the Chevy's 20-year-old driver failed to control his speed and crashed into the back of the VW. The impact made the car spin across the travel lanes and come to rest in the far left lane; the pickup also traveled through the lanes and crashed into the concrete median barrier.
Loredo suffered serious injuries in the crash. The Chevy driver, who police allege had been drinking alcohol, received minor injuries. Investigators collected blood samples from the driver for testing.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Katia Loredo Accident on LBJ in Dallas
Allegations of intoxication always need to be carefully investigated. Clearly some consequences should follow if the 20-year-old driver was under the influence as police say, but it's also important for several reasons to find out where his drinks came from.
With just a few exceptions, anyone giving alcohol to an underage person will likely face legal trouble. Businesses that directly sell it to someone under 21 may even lose their licenses. Additionally, those same businesses may be liable for injuries their young customers cause or suffer while under the influence. This is due to dram shop law, which says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for the damage they do while impaired.
Over the years working on dram shop and liquor liability cases, I've learned that alcohol vendors willing to sell to underage people at all don't usually have problems with over-serving them as well. If one did that in Dallas, it may have a legal obligation to help the injured victim get back on her feet.
Far from every DWI crash involves a dram shop violation, but the possibility deserves far more attention than it typically gets. Despite how important it is to catch bad businesses for over-service (and selling to minors) and make them stop, police rarely look into them. Independent investigations often stand a better chance of rooting out that behavior and getting the victims of that negligence they help they deserve.