Jiaxing Chen Killed by Alleged DWI Driver off I-35 in Austin, TX
Austin, TX — August 9, 2022, 35-year-old Jiaxing Chen was fatally injured by an alleged DWI driver off Interstate 35 in Austin.
According to reports the incident happened around midnight on the 12500 block of the northbound I-35N service road. Preliminary investigation suggests Chen was waiting at a red light when his vehicle was rear-ended by a Toyota Camry driven by 25-year-old Edith Tavera-Camacho.
Investigators believe Chen exited his vehicle after the minor collision and Tavera-Camacho tried to flee, hitting Chen as she drove away and knocking him onto the hood of her car. She headed north with Chen on the hood until she hit a curb at the Parmer Lane intersection, throwing him off into the road.
Chen suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash and was taken to a hospital where he died on August 19. Reports say Tavera-Camacho was arrested on assault charges.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jiaxing Chen Accident off I-35 in Austin
Obviously it's terrible to see an accident like this, but at least the person allegedly responsible will face justice for the damage she caused. If she was intoxicated as reports claim, it's only right that she see her day in court and answer for her poor choices. However, it seems to me that everyone who had a role in this terrible incident should he held accountable. With that in mind it's important to find out where the allegedly-intoxicated driver's drinks came from.
Under Texas dram shop law, a licensed alcohol vendor (bar, club, restaurant, store, etc) that sells or served drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer may be legally responsible for any injuries that person causes while under the influence. Put another way, if a bar over-served the suspect in Austin before she fatally struck the victim then it may have a legal duty to make what amends it can to his family for its role in his death.
Not every DWI accident starts with a dram shop violation, but the source of the drinks is an important and too-often overlooked detail. Just as drunk drivers are often harshly punished for their bad decisions, bad bars that endanger their communities deserve consequences for their illegal over-service. If the people hurt by it can get justice and help in the process, that's even more reason to take the necessary steps.