Christopher Ali Vassef, Leonora Naomi Soriano Killed in Alleged Intoxicated Driver Accident in Taylor, TX
Taylor, TX -- September 5, 2022, Christopher Vassef and Leonora Soriano were killed following an accident possibly involving intoxicated driving.
Investigators said that the incident took place at around 6:16 p.m. in the area of FM 973 and US Highway 79.
Officials indicated that 38-year-old Christopher Ali Vassef and 39-year-old Leonora Naomi Soriano were in a Toyota Avalon traveling along US 79/Carlos Parker Boulevard. While crossing FM 973, police say another driver ran a red light and hit the Toyota.
Due to the collision, Vassef and Soriano sustained fatal injuries. The other driver involved was identified as 40-year-old John Crayton Jr. It is alleged that Crayton was intoxicated at the time and said there are pending charges for intoxication manslaughter. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Christopher Vassef, Leonora Soriano Alleged Intoxicated Driver Accident in Taylor
It's not my place to speculate on criminal allegations. If they're true, then there will no doubt be steps taken to see there are consequences. But there could be an accomplice to all this authorities may be overlooking. This is because businesses that over-serve drunk drivers can also be liable for contributing to a crash.
This is due to dram shop law. Basically, the law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Holding such an establishment accountable not only helps get them to clean up their act, it also can be a significant source of assistance for a family in need.
Like I said, I can't say what did or didn't cause this crash, but some red flags are too familiar and too serious to ignore. Hopefully experienced professionals are looking into things and ensuring those affected have the tools to exercise their rights and get the help they deserve.