Esperanza Joyce, Adam Hinojosa Injured in Car Accident in Corpus Christi, TX
Corpus Christi, TX -- August 12, 2022, Esperanza Joyce and Adam Hinojosa were injured following an accident where multiple vehicles crashed.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 2:25 a.m. along 16th Street at Ayers Street.
Officials said that 28-year-old Adam Michael Hinojosa was in a Chevy Suburban traveling northbound on 16th. While crossing onto Ayers, the Suburban crashed with an eastbound Volkswagen driven by 65-year-old Esperanza Joyce.
Joyce reportedly had incapacitating injuries while Hinojosa had reportedly non-incapacitating injuries. Police mentioned they're looking into alcohol as a possible factor. This and other factors remain unconfirmed at this time.
Commentary on Esperanza Joyce, Adam Hinojosa Car Accident in Corpus Christi
I'm not here to say whether or not I think alcohol was a factor here, but it can be a complex legal area which is important for folks to have some understanding of. A big reason for this is because authorities don't often take the necessary steps to get victims and families the help they need. One way to make up for this is to utilize dram shop law.
Put simply, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. That means bars and other venues can be on the hook for contributing to serious crashes. If that's what happened here, then independent investigations could lead to some much needed help for the victims and some much deserved consequences for the complicit establishment.
Otherwise, however, it's important to make sure other possible factors also get the attention they deserve. It wouldn't right for something to slip through the cracks simply because authorities were busy looking for someone to blame rather than letting the evidence speak for itself.