• September 28, 2022

Joaquin Rodriguez Jr. Killed in Motorcycle Accident on FM 153 in Fayette County, TX

Fayette County, TX — July 27, 2022, 59-year-old Joaquin Rodriguez Jr. died in a motorcycle accident on FM 153 in Fayette County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:10 p.m. on FM 153 near mile marker 580. Preliminary investigation suggests Rodriguez was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle west on the roadway when he lost control while entering a curve. The bike ran off the road and crashed into the north barrow ditch.

Rodriguez suffered fatal injuries in the accident. Blood test results later showed he had a BAC of approximately .146 at the time.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Joaquin Rodriguez Jr. Accident in Fayette County

It seems blood tests confirmed that the victim of 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 over the legal limit for intoxication may mean there's more to investigate. For example, it's important to find out where his 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. If an alcohol vendor like a bar or restaurant continues to pour drinks for an obviously intoxicated person, dram shop law may hold that business liable for any damage he causes or suffers while under the influence.

Joaquin Rodriguez Jr. Killed in Motorcycle Accident on FM 153 in Fayette County, TX

To be clear, I'm not pointing fingers at any specific business in relation to this terrible event. Not every alcohol-related accident starts with a dram violation. It's just important to investigate carefully in case a local bar knowingly kept pouring for the victim and should answer for its recklessness. Any business willing to break the law for a few more bucks should help the people hurt by that decision. More than that, it should be punished for endangering its community and prevented from doing so anymore.

Of course, before any of that could happen the victim's loved ones would have to prove a dram violation occurred. Rather than wait for police to look into it, people generally better served by working with independent investigators. Armed with the evidence they uncover, many people hurt by reckless over-service have held bad businesses accountable.

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