• August 03, 2022

Ruben Salazar Killed in Auto Accident on TX-36 in Eastland County

Eastland County, TX — July 5, 2022, 59-year-old Ruben Salazar was killed in an auto accident on State Highway 36 in Eastland County.

According to reports the incident happened around 9:10 p.m. on TX-36 at Farm to Market Road 374. Preliminary investigation suggests Salazar was driving a Chevrolet Silverado east on the highway behind a GMC Suburban.

The Suburban driver slowed and activated his signal to make a left turn onto FM 374, then waited for traffic to pass. Salazar allegedly failed to control the Silverado's speed and crashed into the back of the Suburban. After the impact the pickup ran off the road into the south bar ditch.

Salazar suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The GMC driver was reportedly unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Ruben Salazar Accident in Eastland County

Police suspected the driver who lost his life in this crash was under the influence of alcohol. If blood tests confirm that was why he crashed into the SUV, some may think there's little else to say since his sad passing means he's beyond the reach of the law. However, he may not actually be the only on the law would hold responsible.

Texas dram shop law says alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages he causes or suffers while under the influence. It helps injured victims and grieving families get things back on track after a crash, and also ensures bars and stores learn a lesson about reckless over-service. Not every DWI accident involves a dram violation and most businesses follow the rules, but the ones who don't should be held accountable for what happens when they send an over-intoxicated customer out the door.

Ruben Salazar Killed in Auto Accident on TX-36 in Eastland County

With that said, alcohol is only one theory of many at this point. As they wait to see what the blood tests say police shouldn't neglect other possible explanations. The driver could simply have lost control on a wet roadway or the vehicle could have had a brake failure, just to name a couple. There are plenty of reasons a crash like this could happen besides alcohol, and they all deserve careful consideration. The most important thing is to learn the whole story; any action beyond that would depend on what that story turns out to be.

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