Yurvin Tejada Killed in Car Accident on FM 521 in Fort Bend County, TX
Fort Bend County, TX — September 7, 2022, 19-year-old Yurvin Tejada died in a collision with an alleged drunk driver on FM 521 in Fort Bend County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 11:05 p.m. on FM 521 near Broadway Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Buick Lacrosse was southbound on the the roadway as Tejada drove a Nissan Sentra north nearby on the other side of the road.
The Buick driver reportedly failed to maintain his lane and crossed left of center, then crashed into the northbound Nissan.
Tejada was pronounced dead at the scene. The Buick driver was taken to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries. While there, blood tests showed he had a BAC of .25 at the time of the accident.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Yurvin Tejada Accident in Fort Bend County
Test results seem to confirm that the suspect in this accident was over the legal limit for intoxication when it happened. That may lead to some criminal charges, and deservedly so since that driver fatally hurt another person due to his poor choices. However, if intoxication caused that crash and the victim's tragic death then it's only right that everyone responsible for it be held properly accountable. That's why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.
If further investigations find that a licensed alcohol vendor over-served the suspect prior to the accident, that business may be responsible for the damage he did under dram shop law. It may then have a duty to make what amends it can to the victim's family for its negligence and the part it played in his death.
Dram shop law is a valuable but often-unknown tool used to help people affected by DWI accidents. Moreover, it teaches negligent businesses that making a few more bucks is never worth the risk it poses to public safety. Will the authorities look into the possibility of a dram shop violation here, or would an independent investigation better ensure the victim's loved ones get the answers and help they deserve?