• September 15, 2022

Javier Reyes Killed in Car Accident in Austin, TX

Austin, TX -- March 7, 2022, Javier Reyes was killed due to an accident where a vehicle crashed along the side of the highway.

Initial details indicated that the crash happened at around 7:15 a.m. along the 8300 block of East Ben White Boulevard.

Authorities said that 29-year-old Javier Reyes was in a Jeep Cherokee traveling eastbound along Ben White. For reasons yet to be confirmed, the vehicle veered to the left where it went through the guardrail and overturned.

Due to the crash, Reyes sustained fatal injuries. No others were said to be involved. Authorities mentioned alcohol as a possible factor, but this has yet to be confirmed. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Javier Reyes Car Accident in Austin

With a crash like this, it's all too easy for people to jump to conclusions. Alcohol obviously raises red flags, but something I talk about a lot is just how often authorities overlook important details. That's as true with alcohol as it is without it. So, did this crash get proper attention, or are we missing something?

First of all, alcohol does not just throw all of this stuff out the window. There's still a family out there that deserves answers. Part of that could be that there's a local bar liable under dram shop law for illegally over-serving the victim and contributing to the crash. Texas gives them the tools to seek out those businesses, so why wouldn't steps be taken to confront them? Maybe that's a question for authorities, considering I've been doing just that for 30 years.

Secondly, though, I've seen police bring up alcohol only for their investigations to just be wrong, plain and simple. It can be too easy for people to jump to conclusions after single-vehicle wrecks without actually considering other possibilities. Something like a mechanical defect, for example, may not be likely, but it happens. As such, it's worth attention even if that's just to rule it out.

At the end of the day, a man lost his life here. Alcohol or not, families deserve to know they're getting all the facts. Unfortunately, those who rely solely on police reports don't always get the answers they deserve.

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