Veronica Calderon, Child Injured in Alleged DWI Accident in McAllen, TX
McAllen, TX -- September 24, 2022, Veronica Calderon and a child were injured after an accident allegedly involving an intoxicated driver.
Officials said that the incident happened just before midnight in the area of Business 83 and Ware Road/FM 2220.
Investigations indicated that 52-year-old Veronica Calderon was in a Ford Focus traveling eastbound along US 83. At Ware Road, an oncoming pickup reportedly failed to yield making a left turn, crashing with Calderon's vehicle.
As a result of the crash, Calderon and a young girl in her car had injuries said to be incapacitating. The other driver was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, authorities said. Additional details are unavailable at this time.
Commentary on Veronica Calderon Alleged DWI Accident in McAllen
These are clearly serious allegations, and if they prove to be true, authorities will no doubt take action. However, there are usually reasons to conduct more thorough independent investigations. There could be an accomplice to all of this yet to be called out.
I'll give an example of why I say this. A while back, a young boy was hurt after his family's vehicle was hit head-on by a drunk driver. As we retraced the driver's steps, we found he'd been drinking at a local happy hour before getting in his vehicle and going the wrong way down a service road. Why was this significant?
Put simply, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. That establishment recklessly over-served the driver, meaning they were legally responsible for contributing to the boy's injuries. As such, the business could be held responsible, both giving the family an opportunity to get the help they needed and giving the business a wake up call to clean up their act.
I can't say what all did or didn't happen here, but the seriousness of the injuries warrants nothing less than every possible step to ensure these folks get the help they need. Are those steps being taken?