• October 19, 2022

Brandi Jo Sanchez Injured in Car Accident on US-287A in Amarillo, TX

Amarillo, TX — August 7, 2022, 25-year-old Brandi Jo Sanchez was injured in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 287A in Potter County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:10 a.m. along US-287A near River Road in Amarillo. Preliminary investigation suggests Sanchez was a passenger in a Toyota Camry headed north on the highway when the driver allegedly took the River Road exit at speeds around 100 miles per hour. The car hit a curb and overturned, then rolled several times and came to rest back in the travel lanes of the highway.

Sanchez received serious injuries in the crash. The driver was reportedly unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Brandi Jo Sanchez Accident in Amarillo

Investigators noted that the speeding driver was thought to be intoxicated at the time of the crash. It's unclear if they took any steps to verify that, but if they find evidence one way or another that the driver was under the influence then he may have some serious consequences coming. Drunk driving is a hugely dangerous thing to do and it's one of the reasons Texas roads haven't seen a day without a fatality in over 20 years; it seems only fitting to pay a price for making such a poor decision.

Here's the thing, though: In the eyes of the law, that driver may not be the only one to hold accountable for the wreck and the victim's injuries. Under Texas dram shop law a bar or other alcohol vendor that over-serves its customers may be liable for the damage they cause while under the influence.

Brandi Jo Sanchez Injured in Amarillo, TX Car Accident on U.S. Highway 287A

To repeat: Intoxication is only suspected, not proven, at this point. It seems plausible but clear evidence is still needed before it's more than a theory. If that evidence is obtained, however, then the source of the alcohol should also be identified. Texas alcohol vendors know very well that over-service is illegal, so if they do it anyway and someone gets hurt the least they can do is make whatever amends they can to that victim. Dram shop is the way to make them do so.


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