• September 27, 2022

Victor Lopez Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident off I-10 in Houston, TX

Houston, TX -- August 17, 2022, 32-year-old Victor Lopez died in a single-vehicle accident off Interstate 10 in Houston.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:10 a.m. along the east I-10 service road. Preliminary investigation suggests Lopez was driving a Toyota Tercel west on the 12200 block of the service road when he exited his lane and crashed into a nearby concrete pillar.

Lopez suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Investigators suspected that alcohol may have been a factor; blood tests later indicated that Lopez had a BAC of .33 at the time of the accident.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Victor Lopez Accident in Houston

It seems blood tests confirmed that the driver in this tragic accident was under the influence of alcohol at the time. I say that with no judgment, nor as the beginning to some lecture about the perils of drunk driving, but evidence that he was significantly over the legal limit for intoxication may mean there's more to investigate.

For one thing, it's important to find out where the victim's drinks came from that night. That detail is more important than some may realize, because Texas dram shop law holds negligent businesses accountable for over-serving their customers to the point of making them dangers to themselves and others. If an alcohol vendor like a bar or restaurant continues to serve a customer who is obviously intoxicated, dram shop law may hold it liable for any damage he causes or suffers while under the influence.

Victor Lopez Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident off I-10 in Houston, TX

Not every DWI accident involves a dram violation, but the possibility that a local bar or other alcohol-serving business willingly over-served the victim should be carefully investigated--particularly for a crash happening right after most bars' closing time. Any business willing to break the law for a few more bucks should help the victims and families hurt by its recklessness, and most would agree it should be prevented from endangering its community any further.

Of course, before that could happen the victim's loved ones would have to prove a business broke the law. Police unfortunately aren't very helpful with that, so it's often better to get help from independent investigators. Armed with the evidence they uncover, many people hurt by reckless over-service have held bad businesses accountable for breaking the law and contributing to their injuries.

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