• August 18, 2022

Manuel Saenz, Idalia Robles Injured in Alleged Drunk Driver Accident on Big Spring Street in Midland, TX

UPDATE (September 22, 2022): Officials said that the two people injured in the crash were Manuel Saenz and Idalia Robles. Additional details about the crash are unavailable at this time.

Midland, TX -- August 17, 2022, two people were injured due to an accident on Big Spring Street allegedly involving a drunk driver.

Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 1:24 a.m. along South Big Spring Street at the intersection of Florida Avenue.

According to investigators, two people were in a Jeep traveling westbound on Florida Avenue. At Big Spring, another Jeep reportedly blew through the light and slammed into the other vehicle.

Two people from the westbound Jeep reportedly sustained serious injuries in the crash. Other injuries were not confirmed.

Reports identified the other Jeep driver as 29-year-old Bianca Marie Machuca. Authorities allege that she was under the influence of alcohol at the time and claim she admitted to drinking at a bar. Right now, additional details remain unconfirmed.

Commentary on Manuel Saenz, Idalia Robles Alleged Drunk Driver Accident in Midland

These are obviously serious allegations, but it's not my place to say if they're true or not. Besides, my focus is on informing the public about how victims and families may be able to get the help they need. In a crash like this, there can be unique avenues to consider. That's because authorities mention there may have been a bar involved in this crash.

Manuel Saenz, Idalia Robles Injured in Alleged Drunk Driver Accident in Midland, TX

That may sound odd, but bars have a legal responsibility not to over-serve anyone who is obviously intoxicated. If they do so, and that leads to people getting hurt, dram shop law gives the victims and families involved the right to hold that establishment accountable for the resulting damages. Not only can this be a significant source of assistance, it can also help get negligent businesses to clean up their act before more people get hurt. After all, drunk drivers are held responsible for their actions; shouldn't a law-breaking business face appropriate consequences, as well?

That's why I can't help wondering if investigators are being thorough enough here. There may be an accomplice out there that needs their day in court. For an area like Midland, which together with Odessa has one of the worst rates of drunk driving in the state, knowing about tools like dram shop is crucial. Folks deserve any opportunity to get the help they need, but it takes a lot of experience and initiative to seek out the allies and tools necessary to navigate such a complex area of the law. Are those steps being taken for those involved here?

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