• August 12, 2022

Pedestrian Killed, Driver Charged in Car Accident on Amarillo Boulevard in Amarillo, TX

Amarillo, TX -- August 7, 2022, one person was killed in an accident where an allegedly intoxicated driver hit them on Amarillo Boulevard.

Investigators reported that the accident took place late Sunday near the intersection of Amarillo Boulevard East and Johnson Street.

Officials said that a 72-year-old man was walking on Amarillo Boulevard East when a westbound vehicle struck him.

Due to the collision, the pedestrian succumbed to fatal injuries. The driver, identified in reports as 26-year-old Alejandra Martinez, was allegedly intoxicated at the time. Martinez reportedly faces a charge for intoxication manslaughter.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Pedestrian, Alleged DWI Accident on Amarillo Boulevard East

These are obviously concerning allegations, though it's not for me to pass down guilt or innocence. Instead, it's important to address what can be done for victims and families. When police believe intoxicated driving was a factor, that makes it important to consider dram shop law. What is it, and why is it important?

Amarillo, TX Alleged DWI Accident Kills Pedestrian on Amarillo Boulevard

Put simply, if alcohol contributes to an accident, the business that served that alcohol can be liable for the resulting injuries. dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication.

Bars, liquor stores, restaurants, gas stations--businesses willing to break the law and put the community in danger need to be held accountable both so they'll clean up their act and so victims and families will have an opportunity to get the help they deserve. Maybe that isn't what happened here, but steps should always be taken to consider all the facts.


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