• August 03, 2022

Ventura Hernandez Killed, One Injured in TX-349 Crash in Midland County

Midland County, TX — June 27, 2022, 42-year-old Ventura Hernandez was killed and another person was injured in a crash on State Highway 349 in Midland County.

According to reports the incident happened around 1:15 a.m. on TX-349 near mile marker 340. Preliminary investigation suggests a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup was traveling south in the right lane of the road as Hernandez was northbound on the other side in a Chevrolet Silverado.

Reports say Hernandez tried to make a left turn from the northbound lanes into a private driveway. The Chevy entered the path of the southbound Dodge and the two collided in the roadway.

Hernandez suffered fatal injuries in the collision. A passenger in the Dodge sustained serious injuries. The Dodge driver and two passengers in the Chevy were reportedly unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Ventura Hernandez Accident in Midland County

Police seem to have thought the turning driver was intoxicated by alcohol at the time of the crash, and they reportedly used a breathalyzer in an effort to verify that. Breath tests aren't as accurate as blood tests and it's not clear what the driver's BAC allegedly was, but depending on the test results there may be other considerations to this crash.

Some may not see how the outcome of the test matters since the alleged DWI suspect tragically died of his injuries and thus is beyond legal consequences. However, they may not realize there's more to investigate. Many drunk drivers have "accomplices" of sorts that too often escape any responsibility for their role in these crashes, and police should find out where the victim's alcohol came from.

Ventura Hernandez Killed, One Injured in TX-349 Crash in Midland County

If further investigation found that a bar or other vendor over-served the driver prior to the accident, that business may be liable for his death and the other victim's injuries under Texas dram shop law. It may then be expected to make whatever amends it could to everyone affected, including the suspect's family.

Dram shop law is a valuable but often-unknown tool to help people hurt in or by DWI accidents. It also teaches negligent businesses that making a few more bucks is never worth the risk it poses to public safety. So will the authorities look into the possibility of a dram shop violation here, or would an independent investigation better ensure the victims get the help and justice they deserve?

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