• August 19, 2022

Juan and Angelo Segundo Killed by Alleged DWI Driver on Hwy 361, Mustang Island, TX

Corpus Christi, TX — August 13, 2022, San Antonio couple Juan and Angela Segundo were killed in a collision with an alleged DWI driver on Mustang Island.

Reports say the incident happened just before midnight on the 7500 block of Highway 361 on Mustang Island. Preliminary investigation suggests Juan Segundo was driving a Lexus sedan north on the highway toward Port Aransas when 24-year-old Dylan Holland approached from the other direction in a Dodge Ram 3500 pickup. Holland reportedly traveled left of center and crashed into the Lexus; after the impact both vehicles ran off the east side of the roadway.

Juan Segundo, 44, and Angela Segundo, 42, were fatally injured in the wreck. Holland was arrested on suspicion of intoxication and blood was drawn for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Juan and Angela Segundo Accident on Mustang Island

It's obviously quite serious any time police and reports mention a driver may have been drunk when they caused a major accident, but I don't have the facts needed to say whether those allegations are correct. If they are I certainly hope appropriate and serious consequences follow considering the tragic and permanent damage that driver caused.

However, I have no say over what the criminal consequences might end up looking like. Instead, I tend to focus more on how best to help the people hurt in a crash like this. For example, there may be ways to help the victims' family that people don't always know about under Texas dram shop law.

Juan and Angelo Segundo Killed by Alleged DWI Driver on Hwy 361, Mustang Island, TX

Bars and other alcohol vendors have a legal responsibility not to over-serve customers who are obviously intoxicated. If they do and anyone gets hurt because of that customer's impaired state, dram shop law gives victims and their families the right to hold that establishment accountable for the damage done. Not only is that a significant source of help for people struggling to get back on their feet, but it can also make negligent businesses clean up their act before anyone else gets hurt. After all, drunk drivers face stiff penalties for their poor choices; shouldn't a bar that got them that way do the same?

That's why I wonder if investigators will really be thorough enough after the Mustang Island accident. They'll come down hard on the drunk driver, yes, but he may have an "accomplice" of sorts that should be held accountable as well. That's why knowing about tools like dram shop is crucial. Folks deserve every bit of help they can get after they're hurt by a drunk driver, but it takes experience and initiative to navigate such a complex area of the law. Will someone take steps to see proper justice done here?

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