Monica Carrizal, Nadine Ceballos, Anahi Marquez, 1 Injured in Car Accident on North Loop in El Paso, TX
UPDATE (August 26, 2022): Reports identified two other victims hurt in the crash. They were occupants of the Nissan, identified as the driver 30-year-old Nadine Ceballos and a passenger 20-year-old Anahi Marquez. A 17-year-old in the vehicle was not identified. Right now, additional details cannot be confirmed.
El Paso, TX -- July 2, 2022, Monica Carrizal and three others were injured after an accident where two vehicles crashed.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 11:43 p.m. along North Loop at the intersection of Delta. It appears that a Nissan Altima was stopped on westbound North Loop waiting to make a left turn onto Delta. While there, a Dodge Ram 3500 sideswiped the Nissan, then ran off-road and hit a pole. The pickup then caught fire.
As a result of the crash, both drivers had reportedly incapacitating injuries. Reports identified one of the drivers as 51-year-old Monica Carrizal. Two others, ages 20 and 17, reportedly had non-incapacitating injuries.
At this time, authorities say they believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Commentary on Monica Carrizal Car Accident on North Loop in El Paso
There would have to be more thorough investigations to confirm these details, but if it's true alcohol was a factor here, that could make things a lot more complex than folks may realize.
Put simply, Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. If someone is coming home from a bar, and evidence shows that bar recklessly over-served them, the establishment can be on hook for the damage their actions led to.
Like I said, that may not be what happened here, and it's even possible alcohol wasn't actually a factor here. My goal is simply to ensure folks understand the potential consequences surrounding a serious crash and the possible steps they could take to get the help they need.