Edward Hernandez Jr. Injured by Alleged DWI Driver in Midland, TX
UPDATE (September 6, 2022): The victim of this accident has been identified as 43-year-old Edward Hernandez Jr.
Midland, TX — August 20, 2022, one person was seriously injured when a person crashed into parked cars in a Midland bar parking lot.
According to reports the incident happened Saturday night outside a bar located on North Big Spring Street. Preliminary investigation suggests 21-year-old Sage Keeney was escorted from the premises by an off-duty police officer after he allegedly tried to start fights with people inside.
After being removed from the bar Keeney reportedly got in a Chevy Monte Carlo and backed into another vehicle in the parking lot. A pedestrian walking between the vehicles became pinned between them in the crash.
The pedestrian was seriously injured and was taken to an area hospital. Keeney was arrested and charged with intoxication assault.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Edward Hernandez Jr. Accident in Midland
Reading the published circumstances of this accident I'd imagine most people are ready to just throw the book at the guy who reportedly caused all the trouble. It certainly seems like he has some consequences coming for his alleged bad behavior, but before anyone assumes his charges are pretty much the end of the matter it's best to look more closely at how he spent his time in the bar.
A lot of people aren't aware that Texas bars and other alcohol providers can be held legally accountable for the injuries their customers cause or suffer if they're excessively intoxicated. If a bar continues to serve an obviously intoxicated customer and he then hurts someone, the bar may be liable for the damage done under dram shop law. It would then be obligated to make what amends it could to the victims.
Not every drunk driving accident starts with a dram shop violation, but is it really a stretch to think that a guy trying to get in fistfights and burning rubber out of a bar's parking lot was maybe over-served at that bar? For the victim's sake--and possibly to protect a community from a business willing to put people at risk--it seems best to investigate how the suspect spent his evening there. If the bar broke the law and should help the victim recover from their leg injury, that should be addressed as soon as possible.