Guadalupe Paiz Injured by Suspected DWI Driver on Front Street in Mathis, TX
Mathis, TX — August 28, 2022, 39-year-old Guadalupe Paiz was seriously injured in a car accident on Front Street in San Patricio County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:50 a.m. on North Front Street near Magnolia Street in Mathis. Preliminary investigation suggests Paiz was riding a bicycle south in the center turn lane of Front Street. Investigators think she may have been about to turn left when a Mercury Mountaineer SUV approached from behind, veered partially into the center turn lane, and struck her.
Paiz suffered serious injuries in the collision and was transported to an area hospital. The Mercury driver remained at the scene; investigators said she showed signs of intoxication and admitted to drinking alcohol prior to the accident. Blood samples were collected for testing and the driver was arrested.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Guadalupe Paiz Accident in Mathis
Depending on what police learn from those blood tests, the suspect who allegedly admitted to drinking may face some legal consequences for her choices. That seems only right considering the grave damage she caused to the victim, but I think everyone responsible for those injuries should be held accountable. Under Texas dram shop law, that may include a business that negligently over-served the suspect and then turned her loose on the road.
When bars or other licensed businesses sell or serve alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers, the law says they may be liable for any injuries those customers cause and/or suffer while under the influence. The business would then have a legal duty to make what amends it could to anyone hurt by its illegal and reckless over-service.
Not every DWI accident starts with a dram shop violation, but it's important to know for sure when alcohol and injuries are tied together. So will the authorities find out where the drinks came from? Frankly, I doubt it. Police don't look very hard for dram shop violations despite how important it is to put a stop to them. Victims of drunk driving accidents are generally better off when independent investigators look for the evidence they need to hold a negligent business responsible.