Saidel Uscanga, One Other Injured in Crash on 34th Street in Houston, TX
Houston, TX — July 15, 2022, 28-year-old Saidel Uscanga and another person were injured in a Crash on 34th Street in Houston.
According to reports the incident happened around 8:00 p.m. on West 34th near Vollmer Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Uscanga was driving a Chrysler 200 west on the 4000 block of 34th as a Chevrolet Spark headed west one lane to the right.
Reports indicate Uscanga swerved right for unknown reasons and the cars collided, then spun away a short distance down the road before coming to rest.
Uscanga and the Chevy's 35-year-old driver both suffered serious injuries in the collision.
Investigators suspect Uscanga of being intoxicated at the time of the crash.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Saidel Uscanga Accident in Houston
Houston law enforcement tends to be particularly touchy about alcohol given how many DWI accidents happen there, so they often mention intoxication after crashes where it might be a factor. Their theory would need clear evidence, though; typically that comes from blood test results or hospital treatment records. It's unclear whether they got either here, but neither would surprise me.
If evidence confirms their suspicions then some might the only thing left is to charge the suspect accordingly, but there could be more to look into. For example, if a local alcohol provider over-served the driver and made him too drunk to operate his vehicle correctly, that business may be responsible for both victims' injuries under Texas dram shop law.
When a licensed alcohol vendor like a bar or restaurant over-serves an obviously intoxicated customer, it should answer for its illegal behavior the same as anyone else. Dram shop law gives people hurt by drunk drivers (including the drivers themselves) the right to seek help from a business that recklessly provided excessive quantities of alcohol. It also teaches those businesses to straighten out their priorities and obey the law.
I'm not saying I know alcohol was even really a factor in the Houston crash, let alone that a specific business should be investigated for its role. If police don't plan to look into it at all, though, maybe an independent investigation would find more answers.