• October 12, 2022

Jenie Gonzalez Killed in Auto Accident on FM 157 in Ellis County, TX

Ellis County, TX — September 5, 2022, 37-year-old Jenie Gonzalez died in a traffic accident on Farm to Market Road 157 in Ellis County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:40 p.m. on FM 157 near County Acres Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chevy Silverado was traveling southeast on the two-lane road as Gonzalez was driving a second Silverado headed northwest.

Reports say the southeast-bound driver veered into the oncoming lane to pass a third vehicle that was stopped before turning left into a nearby driveway. After entering the northwest-bound lane the pickup hit the other Silverado head-on.

Gonzalez suffered fatal injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Jenie Gonzalez Accident in Ellis County

In some reports police suggested the crossover driver might have been distracted and/or under the influence of alcohol. Either or both of those seem like reasonable explanations for swerving around the stopped vehicle instead of just stopping behind it briefly, but both would also need clear proof before they're anything but theories. Distraction might not have many further implications even if proven, but if it's learned the suspect was intoxicated then there could be more to say under dram shop law.

In a nutshell, dram shop law says alcohol vendors (bars, restaurants, clubs, stores, etc) can't sell or serve alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do they may be considered liable for damages those customers cause or suffer while under the influence, meaning anyone hurt by that over-service can confront those businesses in court and hold them accountable.

Jenie Gonzalez Killed in Auto Accident on FM 157 in Ellis County, TX

Right now it's not even certain that alcohol was involved here, so even though I'm explaining a few things about dram shop law I don't know for sure they apply. I only know from decades of experience that it could have helped many people who never knew about it at all, so I talk about it after accidents where it might be a concern. If a local business violated its legal duties and someone suffered as a result, that business should be held properly accountable and make whatever amends it can.

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