Apolinario Raymundo Killed, Domingo Ramos, Joslyn Rodriguez Injured in Car Accident in Lamb County, TX
UPDATE (October 24, 2022): Recent information made available clarifies events surrounding the crash, which apparently was not a single-vehicle crash. In fact, details suggest it may have involved a drunk driver.
Officials said that Apolinario Raymundo, Domingo Ramos, and Joslyn Rodriguez were in a westbound car at the time. From oncoming lanes, authorities say that a truck went left of center and hit Raymundo's vehicle. This caused it to overturn off-road.
Raymundo was killed and Rodriguez and Ramos were said to be injured. The truck driver apparently had "indicators of intoxication," and police even speculated about charges for intoxication manslaughter. The current status of those possible charges is currently unclear.
Lamb County, TX -- September 18, 2022, Apolinario Raymundo was killed and Domingo Ramos and Joslyn Rodriguez were injured in a car accident.
Initial details indicated that the crash took place east of Muleshoe at around 5:25 p.m. It appears that 44-year-old Apolinario Raymundo was driving a vehicle eastbound along US 70. It appears the vehicle drifted left, then overturned off-road.
As a result of the crash, Raymundo sustained fatal injuries. Two passengers, 19-year-old Domingo Ramos and 19-year-old Joslyn Rodriguez, were taken to the hospital. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Apolinario Raymundo, Domingo Ramos, Joslyn Rodriguez Car Accident in Lamb County
With the newer details about what may have happened here, I'm glad that my experience taught me never to jump to conclusions based on earlier reports. It initially seemed like this was just a single-vehicle wreck, but it turns out a drunk driver may have caused this tragic event. Not only could that be important for holding someone responsible, it could be crucial for getting help for the victims and families.
When it comes to drunk driving accidents, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Was a bar involved here? A restaurant? A liquor store? If they broke the law, and a man lost his life as a result, then they should be held responsible for their actions just as drunk drivers re held responsible for theirs. Even still, there may be more details the victims and families need to know. Are steps being taken here to get those answers?