Elmer Moran Cedillos Injured in Crash with Wrong-Way Driver on TX-183 in Dallas
Dallas, TX — August 7, 2022, 19-year-old Elmer Moran Cedillos was injured in an auto accident on John Carpenter Freeway (TX-183) in Dallas.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:00 a.m. on Carpenter Freeway near Regal Row. Preliminary investigation suggests Moran Cedillos was driving a Dodge Charger northwest in the far left lane of the freeway when a southeast-bound Chevy Silverado pickup, traveling the wrong direction, approached in his lane and the vehicles crashed at an offset.
Moran Cedillos suffered serious injuries in the crash. The 19-year-old wrong-way driver was reportedly unhurt.
Investigators suspected the Chevy driver was under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Elmer Moran Cedillos Accident in Dallas
Any time alcohol comes up as a possible reason for a crash it's concerning, but the alleged drunk driver being under 21 is even more troubling. If blood tests confirm their suspicions about intoxication, I hope investigators will make it a point to learn where that young man's alcohol came from. Not only might a local business need to face consequences for serving an underage customer, but they also might be liable for the damage he caused to the victim under Texas dram shop law.
Dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for any damages he causes while under the influence. In my experience, any business reckless (or at least inept) enough to serve a 19-year-old is unlikely to draw the line at over-serving him while they're at it. If a bar or other business poured too much for the suspect and he hurt someone while under the influence of all that alcohol he shouldn't been served, that establishment may have a duty to make what amends it can for the part it played in the victim's injuries.
Obviously there are ways the suspect might have gotten alcohol aside from buying it directly. However, the mere possibility that a bar broke one or more important laws deserves careful investigation. So will authorities look into where the young driver was and what he did before the crash? Not only could that be instrumental in getting the victim some much-needed help, but it could also keep a bar or store from further endangering its customers and community.