• October 17, 2022

Enrique Sanchez, Angelica Sanchez, Children Injured in Possible Drunk Driving Accident on Ross Street in Amarillo, TX

UPDATE (October 28, 2022): Sources identified two of the victims involved in the crash. They were the two adults in the Toyota, identified as 40-year-old Enrique Sanchez and 36-year-old Angelica Sanchez. Two children in their vehicle were hurt, one with reportedly incapacitating injuries. Police continue to consider the possibility of alcohol.

Amarillo, TX -- October 14, 2022, five people sustained injuries after an accident where two vehicles crashed along Ross Street.

Investigators said that the incident happened at around 8:25 p.m. along Ross Street at the intersection of Southeast 3rd Avenue.

It appears that a Toyota tundra was traveling northbound on Ross while a Nissan Altima was southbound. Police believe that the Nissan crossed the center line, crashing with the Tundra.

As a result of the crash, the Nissan driver and four people from the Toyota, including two children, were transported to area hospitals.

Police said alcohol could be a factor in the crash, but this has yet to be confirmed.

Commentary on Enrique Sanchez, Angelica Sanchez Possible Drunk Driving Accident in Amarillo

While it's not clear yet if alcohol was indeed a factor here, the possibility is something which should always be taken seriously. Part of that, however, means finding out if the alleged drunk driver was coming from a local establishment. Why is that?

Enrique Sanchez, Angelica Sanchez, Children Injured in Possible Drunk Driving Accident in Amarillo, TX

Let me give an example. A family came to me about a man that hit their car, seriously injuring their young son. As we retraced that driver's steps that evening, we found he'd been drinking at a local bar. He went for Happy Hour drinks with some co-workers after their shift. That bar then proceeded to illegally over-serve him beyond the point of obvious intoxication--that's illegal in Texas. As such, since their negligent service contributed to people getting hurt, the establishment was liable under dram shop law for their role in the crash.

I'm not saying that happened here, but it's something that more people need to be aware of. Not only is a vital source of assistance for victims and families, but it's also a way to hold businesses accountable and ensure they clean up their act before they cause further harm. Are those steps being taken here?

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