• October 03, 2022

Child Killed in Alleged DWI Accident at Leawood Washateria in Houston, TX

Houston, TX -- October 1, 2022, a child was killed and a driver faces charges following a fatal accident at the Mega Washateria on Leawood.

Investigators say they responded to the Mega Washateria located at the intersection of Leawood Boulevard and Bissonnet Street.

It appears that a 6-year-old child was outside the washateria walking across the parking lot. While doing so, a vehicle allegedly driven by Pedro Alberto Hernandez hit the child. After the child's grandfather yelled at Hernandez, reports say, Hernandez allegedly backed over the child before then going forward and hitting the child again. As a result of the accident, the child succumbed to fatal injuries.

Police say they believe Hernandez was intoxicated at the time and claim he admitted to drinking "four 16-ounce beers." They say there are pending charges for murder and DWI. Investigations are ongoing.

Commentary on Alleged DWI Accident at Leawood Washateria in Houston

To call this tragic simply wouldn't do it justice. Driving drunk is one thing, but the death of a child is unthinkable. If the allegations here prove true, then steps need to be taken to make sure all responsible parties are held appropriately accountable. What not many folks know is that the allegedly drunk drivers aren't always the only ones who deserve a court date. The businesses that served them may need one, as well.

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This is due to dram shop law, which says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Gas stations, liquor stores, restaurants, bars--these businesses know the rules, yet many break them for the sake of making sales. When they do this and leads to a child dying, they need to learn the lesson that their actions have real consequences for real families. Dram shop allows victims and families to teach them this lesson while also giving them an opportunity to get the help they need.

To be clear, I can't say if that happened here, and these allegations are just that until there is more concrete evidence. My point is that a family is going through absolutely unimaginable hardship right now. Whoever had a hand in that needs to be brought to answer for their actions. It may take independent investigations beyond just the accused drunk driver to ensure that happens.

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