Stephanee Granados Killed, One Injured by Alleged DWI Driver on TX-336 in McAllen
McAllen, TX — August 1, 2022, 23-year-old Stephanee Granados died and another person was seriously injured by an alleged DWI driver on TX-336 in McAllen.
Reports say the incident happened around 2:55 a.m. on the 600 block of North State Highway 336 near U.S. Highway 281. Preliminary investigation suggests 56-year-old Miguel Herrera was driving a Mercedes GL 550 SUV south on the highway when he lost control and veered left as he approached a curve. The SUV passed through the northbound lanes and left the road, then hit a palm tree and overturned. It rolled several times and then hit three more trees where it came to rest.
Granados, a passenger in the SUV, was ejected during the rollover and suffered fatal injuries. A 48-year-old male passenger received serious injuries. No other injuries were reported.
Investigators suspected Herrera of driving while intoxicated and later alleged he had a BAC of .319, almost four times the legal limit, when he crashed.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Stephanee Granados Accident in McAllen
I don't mean to dwell on this or upset anyone, but a .319 very nearly quadruples the legal limit and is past the threshold of "blackout" intoxication for most people. Those who drive while that deeply under the influence--particularly at this time of night--are most typically headed home (or at least somewhere) after leaving a bar or nightclub. Is that what happened here?
Some may not see why it matters where the people came from or where they were going, but the first part is a vital detail: If a bar over-served the driver until he was that intoxicated, that business may not have a responsibility to help the victims and families hurt by that crash.
Texas dram shop law says bars and other alcohol vendors may be liable when their over-service of alcohol leads to people getting hurt or killed. Too many establishments in Texas have little to no regard for the safety of their customers or the public. As a result, they serve someone to the point that he poses a danger to himself and others. I've seen some truly egregious behavior from businesses over the years, including a shocking situation where a bar actually killed their customer with alcohol poisoning. Can that behavior be overlooked just because it's hard to talk about? I think not.
A family hurt by a tragic accident like this deserves to know the whole story. If someone out there besides the driver is responsible for a woman losing her life, shouldn't they face the appropriate consequences too? Dram shop could be the way to ensure that happens.