Ruben Tzul Injured in Auto Accident on Highway 6 in Brazoria County, TX
Brazoria County, TX — September 22, 2022, 42-year-old Ruben Tzul was seriously injured in an auto accident on State Highway 6 in Brazoria County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 9:00 p.m. on Highway 6 at County Road 824. Preliminary investigation suggests Tzul was driving a Nissan Frontier west on the highway when he attempted to turn left onto CR 824. While turning he reportedly failed to yield the right-of-way to an eastbound Nissan van and the two crashed in the eastbound lanes. Both vehicles then ran off the road into the south ditch.
Tzul suffered serious injuries in the collision. A man and two children in the van were reportedly unhurt.
Investigators noted finding an open beer in Tzul's hand when they arrived on the scene. Blood specimens were collected for testing.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Ruben Tzul Accident in Brazoria County
Police suspect alcohol was a factor in this crash. If blood tests confirm that, the injured man may face some legal consequences for his choices. It's not really my place to speculate about that, though, as any charges are between him and the state. Instead, I want to look at a potential way to help him get back on his feet.
Texas dram shop law basically says that alcohol vendors (bars, restaurants, clubs, stores, etc) can't sell or serve more alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do, they may be considered liable for any damage those customers do--even to themselves--while under the influence.
Having said that, I should repeat that alcohol's just a theory unless proven. 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 to the people it hurt.