• August 18, 2022

Alleged DWI Driver Injured in Crash at Ave Q and 44th in Lubbock, TX

Lubbock, TX — July 2, 2022, a 60-year-old man was seriously injured in a traffic collision on Avenue Q in Lubbock.

According to reports the incident happened around 9:35 p.m. on Avenue Q (US-84) at 44th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chevy Silverado pickup was traveling east on 44th as a Chevy Malibu was southbound on Ave Q.

Reports say the pickup driver failed to yield the right-of-way from a stop sign as he drove directly into the Malibu's path. The car hit the left-rear quarter of the Silverado.

The Malibu driver, 20-year-old Breanna Torres, received minor injuries in the crash. Three passengers in the car sustained possible injuries.

The pickup driver reportedly fled the crash scene on foot, but was later located. He suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital. During his treatment blood samples were drawn and tested for intoxicants; results showed he had a BAC of .180 at the time of the collision.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Car Accident at Ave Q and 44th in Lubbock

Tests seem to have confirmed that the at-fault driver was well over the legal limit for intoxication. Some may think there's little else to say about that aside from related charges, but they may not be aware that another party--one that too often gets away with its role in alcohol-related wrecks--could be held accountable for the damage done.

Under Texas dram shop law an alcohol provider cannot sell or serve drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer. Unfortunately many bars and other alcohol vendors do that all the time despite the laws against it. When they do and their customer causes or suffers injuries due to his impairment, that negligent business may be liable for those injuries.

Alleged DWI Driver and Breanna Torres Injured in Crash at Ave Q and 44th in Lubbock, TX

Not every DWI accident starts with a dram shop violation. Reports say the driver was intoxicated but don't mention where he drank, and I'm not pointing fingers at any Lubbock businesses. However, that's an important detail to clarify since bad bars endanger both their customers and the public at large.

Unfortunately, law enforcement rarely tries very hard to track down law-breaking bars. If a dram violation is suspected victims and families are often best served by independent investigations rather than waiting for police to handle things. With the evidence of over-service that those investigators uncover, many folks are able to hold bad bars responsible for the terrible and irreversible damage they helped cause.

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