Fausto Reyes Injured in Car Accident on Collins Street in Arlington, TX
Arlington, TX — August 7, 2022, 21-year-old Fausto Reyes was seriously injured in a traffic accident on Collins Street in Arlington.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:10 a.m. on South Collins at Abram Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Reyes was driving a Ford Mustang south on Collins a short distance behind a Toyota Tundra pickup truck. Reports say he failed to control his vehicle's and lost control when the Mustang hit a dip in the road. The car crashed into the back of the Tundra.
Reyes suffered serious injuries in the crash. A 19-year-old passenger in his car received minor injuries. None of the Tundra's occupants were hurt.
Toxicology tests said Reyes had a BAC of .147 at the time of the collision.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Fausto Reyes Accident in Arlington
Tests seem to have confirmed that the victim of this accident was over the legal limit for intoxication when it happened. Some may think there's not much else to say about that since he was the only one to suffer serious injuries, but there may be other implications to those test results. For instance, Texas and many other states broaden the responsibility for DWI wrecks beyond the drivers to sometimes include the businesses that sold or served them drinks.
If further investigations found that a licensed alcohol vendor over-served the victim prior to the accident, that business may be responsible for his and his passenger's injuries under dram shop law. It may then be expected to help them recover from the injuries they suffered while under the influence.
Dram shop law is a valuable but often-unknown tool to help people affected by DWI accidents--including the drivers themselves. Moreover, it teaches negligent businesses that making a few more bucks is never worth the risk it poses to public safety. Will the authorities look into the possibility of a dram shop violation here, or would an independent investigation better ensure the victims get the help they deserve?