• August 10, 2022

Ethan Guerrero, Passenger Injured in Crash on Grandview Ave in Odessa, TX

Odessa, TX — July 18, 2022, 31-year-old Ethan Guerrero and his passenger were injured in a crash with several parked vehicles on Grandview Avenue in Odessa.

According to reports the incident happened around 11:45 p.m. on the 5300 block of North Grandview Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests Guerrero was driving a Dodge Charger south at alleged high speeds when he lost control and crashed into five parked vehicles at a nearby apartment complex.

Guerrero and his passenger suffered serious injuries in the crash. When interviewed by police they stated they drank liquor and beer at Fast Eddie's, a local bar and pool hall.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Ethan Guerrero Accident in Odessa

Reports suggest alcohol may have been a factor in this crash. If clear evidence confirms that the suspect may face some legal consequences for his choices that night. However, it's not my place to judge or speculate about that. Instead, I want to address a different part of alcohol-related crashes that doesn't get enough attention. Texas takes them very seriously, to the point of holding some alcohol-selling businesses responsible for the damage their customers cause or suffer. On many occasions it's learned such a business violated dram shop law.

In a nutshell, dram shop law prohibits licensed alcohol vendors (bars, clubs, restaurants, liquor and convenience stores, etc) from selling or serving alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. Dram shop law punishes those businesses for ignoring their legal obligation to public safety and also grants DWI crash victims the right to hold them responsible for their role in the damage done.

To be clear, I'm not accusing any Odessa businesses of illegal over-service. However, I notice in reports that a specific bar was mentioned by the victims. It seems like a thorough DWI investigation would at least look more closely at how the driver spent his time there that night. If it's found the bar's staff willingly over-served him, then that bar may now have a legal duty to help him and his passenger get back on their feet. Will police consider that during their investigation, or should independent experts have another look?

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