Miguel Benitez Killed in Car Accident in Houston, TX
Houston, TX -- June 23, 2022, Miguel Benitez was killed due to an accident where a vehicle struck Benitez in the roadway.
Authorities were called to the area of 5800 North Wayside Drive, just off Kenton Street, at around 11:43 a.m.
In reports, investigators said that a pedestrian, later identified as 58-year-old Miguel Benitez, was walking and reportedly crossed Wayside. While doing so, a southbound vehicle hit Benitez.
Due to the collision, Benitez sustained fatal injuries. No one else was hurt. Police claim that Benitez had a .405 BAC following tests. No further information has been released at this time.
Commentary on Miguel Benitez Car Accident in Houston
I just want to be clear that I don't know anything more about this tragedy than what's in reports, and even that needs to be confirmed still. But when authorities say someone was in the roadway at just over five times the legal limit, I can't help wondering if some outside party broke the law and contributed to the accident.
I had this case a while back involving a man who walked onto the freeway while trying to get home after a night out with friends. A car ended up hitting and killing him as a result. When we dug into things, it turned out the establishment recklessly and illegally over-served him to the point he was a danger to himself. That made them liable under dram shop law, allowing them to be held accountable.
Maybe nothing like that happened here, but have authorities been thorough enough to get the family the answers they deserve? There could be a restaurant, gas station, or liquor store still putting lives at risk. If that's not reason enough to investigate this possibility, then ensuring a victim's loved ones know the full story should be.