Raymondo Amador Jr. Killed in Car Accident on FM 157 in Johnson County, TX
Johnson County, TX — September 17, 2022, 23-year-old Raymondo Amador Jr. died in an auto accident on FM 157 in Johnson County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:20 a.m. along FM 157 near Bedford Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Amador was driving a Chevy Cruze south on the roadway as a Toyota Highlander was northbound nearby on the other side.
According to reports Amador drifted over the center line and the vehicles crashed at an offset on their front-left quarters. The impact sent both vehicles off opposite sides of the road.
Amador suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The Toyota driver received minor injuries.
Toxicology tests later showed Amador had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .108.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Raymondo Amador Jr. Accident in Johnson County
Tests seem to have confirmed that the victim of this accident was over the legal limit for intoxication when it happened. Some may think there's not much else to say about that since he paid a tragic price that sent him beyond any legal consequences, but those test results may have other implications. For instance, Texas and many other states broaden the responsibility for many DWI wrecks beyond the drivers to the businesses that sold or served them drinks.
If further investigations found that a licensed alcohol vendor over-served the victim prior to the accident, that business may be responsible for his and and the other driver's injuries under dram shop law. It may then be expected to make what amends it can for the damage its reckless and illegal behavior helped cause.
Dram shop law is a valuable but often-unknown tool to help people affected by DWI accidents--including the drivers themselves. Moreover, it teaches negligent businesses that making a few more bucks is never worth the risk it poses to public safety. Will the authorities look into the possibility of a dram shop violation here, or would an independent investigation better ensure the victim's loved ones get the answers and help they deserve?