Jaime Guerrero Injured by Alleged DWI Driver on US-83 in Penitas, TX
Penitas, TX — August 31, 2022, 61-year-old Jaime Guerrero was seriously injured in a crash with an alleged DWI driver on U.S. Highway 83 in Penitas.
Authorities say the incident happened around 8:20 p.m. on Expressway 83 near South 1427 Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Honda Accord was traveling east on 83 when it crashed into the back of Guerrero's Nissan Murano SUV, which was stopped at a red light. The impact pushed the Nissan into the back of a Toyota Tacoma ahead of it. After the collision the Honda reportedly left the scene but was later located.
Jaime Guerrero suffered serious injuries in the crash. A passenger in his SUV received minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.
Breathalyzer tests showed the Honda driver had a BAC of approximately .133 at the time of the wreck.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jaime Guerrero Accident in Penitas
Breathalyzers have a higher margin of error than blood tests, but even allowing for that it seems police found enough reason to believe intoxication was a factor here.
Some may feel that detail only matters as it pertains to the suspect's charges. While it's important that drunk drivers face penalties for their choices, criminal punishment does little to help injured victims with the cost and hardship of recovery. However, that might be addressed another way.
Under Texas dram shop law, an alcohol provider that over-serves an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for injuries caused by that person while they're under the influence. If the Penitas suspect was over-served somewhere and his intoxication was the reason for the crash, the business that provided his drinks may have a duty to help the injured victims get back on their feet.
You'd never know it by the way some of them act, but alcohol providers have a legal responsibility not to over-serve people. When they do and people get hurt, they're obligated to help those victims. Most bars follow the rules and not every DWI case involves a dram shop violation, but the possibility should be looked into when alcohol use seems to be tied to serious injuries. Bad bars deserve consequences and the people affected by their recklessness deserve all the help they can get.