Jose Perez Garcia Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash on US-385 in Hereford, TX
Hereford, TX — August 28, 2022, 47-year-old Jose Perez Garcia was injured in a single-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 385 in Deaf Smith County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 8:15 p.m. on US-385 near mile marker 128. Preliminary investigation suggests Perez Garcia was driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup south on the highway when he allegedly lost control and drifted right. The pickup hit a guardrail near the shoulder, then dragged along several of its support posts before coming to rest.
Perez Garcia, reportedly not wearing a seat belt, suffered serious injuries in the crash. Investigators believed he was under the influence of alcohol and requested a subpoena of his hospital treatment records.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jose Perez Garcia Accident in Hereford
Any time authorities bring up alcohol as a possible factor it deserves serious consideration. Having said that, I want to be clear that I don't write this blog to wag a judgmental finger about alcohol use. Folks generally understand the dangers of drunk driving without a sermon, and quite frankly law enforcement is all too willing to punish people for it rather than help them.
That's why I focus primarily on lesser-known or underutilized areas of the law like dram shop law, which says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages he causes or suffers while under the influence. If treatment records confirm the victim was impaired as suspected, whoever helped him get that way may have a duty to help him get back on his feet.
Dram shop serves the dual purpose of getting DWI crash victims much-needed help and holding a negligent business accountable for its part in the damage done. Not every drunk driving crash starts with a business' negligent over-service and I'm not pointing at any Hereford bars; I'm only saying that the alcohol's source is an important detail to know. Will police devote the time and care needed to find it out, or should someone else step in to fill the blanks they leave behind?