• August 16, 2022

Juan Reyes Torres Killed in Wrong-Way Accident on TX-6 in Alvin

Alvin, TX — July 27, 2022, 33-year-old Juan Reyes Torres died in a traffic accident on State Highway 6 in Brazoria County.

According to reports the incident happened around 12:55 a.m. on TX-6 near Avenue E. Preliminary investigation suggests Torres was driving a GMC Sierra pickup west in the eastbound roadway, against traffic, when he crashed head-on with an oncoming Chrysler 200. The Chrysler spun and its rear entered the next lane, where it was hit a second time by a Honda motorcycle.

Investigators say Torres showed signs of serious injury at the scene and emitted odors of an unknown alcoholic beverage. He was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The motorcyclist suffered serious injuries and was also hospitalized; the Chrysler driver appeared uninjured but was taken for evaluation.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Juan Reyes Torres Accident in Alvin

Reports suggest the wrong-way driver in this crash might have been under the influence of alcohol at the time. I have no reason to doubt that and he'd hardly be the first drunk wrong-way driver, but at the same time no one should take intoxication for granted unless police find clearer evidence like blood-test results. Evidence showing he was over the legal limit for intoxication might change how the wreck should be investigated.

Alcohol-related crashes in Texas and many other states sometimes involve holding the businesses that served it responsible for the damage their intoxicated patrons cause or suffer. Under dram shop law any business that continued serving alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer may have a legal duty to help anyone that customer hurts--including himself--while he's under the influence.

Juan Reyes Torres Killed in Wrong-Way Accident on TX-6 in Alvin

Dram shop claims are a valuable tool after people and their loved ones are hurt by bars' reckless and illegal over-service. However, before such a claim could be made the source of the alcohol must be identified and it must be proven that they illegally over-served it. Police rarely help with that, so it's usually best to get help from independent investigators who know how to find the right evidence. Armed with what those experts put together, many people have held bad businesses accountable for breaking the law and contributing to their injuries and losses.

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