Sean Cantu Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash on Cypresswood Dr in Harris County, TX
Harris County, TX — March 20, 2022, 29-year-old Sean Cantu was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Cypresswood Drive in Harris County.
According to reports the incident happened around 12:35 a.m. on Cypresswood near Monteith. Preliminary investigation suggests Cantu was driving a Nissan Rogue SUV south on Cypresswood when he lost control for unknown reasons. The SUV left the west side of the road, vaulted off the curb, and began to spin when it landed. It hit a tree and a fence, then came to rest and caught fire.
Cantu suffered fatal injuries in the wreck.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Sean Cantu Accident in Harris County
Reports indicate the accident victim had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .174 at the time. I don't say that with any judgment, but evidence that he was over twice the legal limit for intoxication may mean there's more to this investigation.
Texas dram shop law holds businesses that over-serve alcohol responsible for the injuries their intoxicated patrons cause or suffer while under the influence. Not every DWI crash starts with a law-breaking bar, but finding out where the drinks came from is an important and often-neglected step when ensuring families get justice for their loss and help in the absence of their loved one.
I'm not saying I know of a particular business that over-served the victim, but statistically speaking Harris County tends to lead the state in alcohol-related crashes--many of them begun by bars or other alcohol vendors continuing to refill their patrons' glasses as long as the money's good. At the very least it seems like an important detail not to overlook in case a business is endangering its customers and its community.
So will the police do anything about that? Unfortunately, probably not. Their investigations rarely extend past the drivers to include where they drank, so if a dram violation is suspected it's usually best to seek help elsewhere from people who know how to get the needed proof. With that in hand many people hurt by or in these accidents have held bad businesses accountable.