• September 30, 2022

Luis Duran Injured in Car Accident on Leopard St in Corpus Christi, TX

Corpus Christi, TX — September 15, 2022, 30-year-old Luis Duran was seriously injured in a traffic accident on Leopard Street in Corpus Christi.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:30 p.m. on Leopard Street at Baldwin Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests Duran was driving a Mercedes-Benz sedan north on Baldwin when he allegedly failed to stop for a sign and flashing red lights at the Leopard Street intersection. When the sedan entered Leopard it crashed into the passenger side of an eastbound Ford F-350 pickup.

Duran suffered serious injuries in the wreck. The Ford driver was unhurt.

Investigators reported that Duran was suspected of being intoxicated. Blood samples were collected for testing.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Luis Duran Accident in Corpus Christi

Police seem to think the victim was intoxicated when he hit the other vehicle. I have no reason to doubt that, but at the same time they'd need clear evidence (like positive blood test results) to say for sure. In the meantime they shouldn't put all their eggs in alcohol's basket, and instead should look into other possible explanations like brake failures or the injured victim losing control on a bad patch of road.

If however tests do show that impairment was a factor in the wreck, the victim may have some legal repercussions coming for his poor choices. It's not my place to speculate about his day in court, though. Instead I'd rather talk about ways to help him get back on his feet--including Texas dram shop law.

Luis Duran Injured in Car Accident on Leopard St in Corpus Christi, TX

People don't always know that under dram shop law victims of DWI crashes--even the alleged DWI drivers--can sometimes hold bars or other alcohol vendors that over-served them accountable for the damage they caused or suffered.

Not every DWI crash involves a dram shop violation, but did authorities even consider that possibility? Frankly I doubt it. Despite how important it is to catch bad bars for over-service and make them stop, police rarely look into whether they might have poured too much for someone who then got hurt while under the influence. If police won't act on that, independent investigators may stand a better chance of holding those reckless businesses properly accountable.

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