Homer Garcia Injured in Auto Accident on Brushline Rd in Hidalgo County, TX
Hidalgo County, TX — July 17, 2022, 50-year-old Homer Garcia was seriously injured in an auto accident on Brushline Road in Hidalgo County.
According to reports the incident happened around 2:05 p.m. on Brushline near Benito Ramirez Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Garcia was driving a Ford F-150 pickup north on the roadway behind an RV. He reportedly tried to pass the RV on the left but swerved back to the right due to oncoming vehicles. The pickup crashed into the back-right of the RV, then ran off the road and hit a pole.
Garcia suffered serious injuries in the crash. Investigators believe he may have been under the influence of alcohol but that is unconfirmed at this time.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Homer Garcia Accident in Hidalgo County
Police suspect alcohol was a factor in this crash. If evidence like blood tests or hospital records confirm that, the injured suspect may face some legal consequences for his choices. However, it's not my place to speculate about those as they're between him and the state.
Instead, I want to address a different part of alcohol-related crashes that could help him get back on his feet. Texas dram shop law looks beyond drunk drivers to where and how they drank. If a local business over-served them it may have some consequences of its own coming--some of which could help the victim with his recovery.
In a nutshell, dram shop law says alcohol vendors (bars, restaurants, clubs, stores, etc) can't sell or serve alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do they may be considered liable for any damage those customers cause or suffer, meaning anyone hurt by that over-service can confront those businesses in court and hold them responsible.
Right now it's not even certain that alcohol was involved here, so even though I'm explaining a few things about dram shop law I don't know for sure they apply. I only know from decades of experience that it could have helped many people who never knew about it at all, so I talk about it after accidents where it might be a concern. If a local business violated its legal duties and someone suffered as a result, that business should be held properly accountable and make whatever amends it can.