• October 21, 2022

Julie Escalante, Ronnie Jenkins Injured in Car Accident in Deaf Smith County, TX

Deaf Smith County, TX -- October 5, 2022, Julie Escalante and Ronnie Jenkins were injured after an accident which may have involved alcohol.

Officials said that the incident happened at the intersection of US Highway 60 and a private drive outside the Hereford Airport at around 11:40 p.m.

It appears that 29-year-old Julie Escalante was in a Ford F-150 traveling southwest along the highway. At a crossover for an airport entrance, an oncoming Chevy Avalanche made a left turn, and the two vehicles crashed.

Due to the crash, Escalante and the other driver, identified as Ronnie Jenkins, were said to have incapacitating injuries. Right now, police suggest alcohol as a possible contributing factor, but this and other details remain unconfirmed.

Commentary on Julie Escalante, Ronnie Jenkins Car Accident in Deaf Smith County

It's obviously serious whenever alcohol comes up as a possible factor, but there are two key things I'd like to reinforce. One is that evidence may show alcohol had nothing to do with this wreck. I am certainly not going to jump to conclusions without seeing more thorough investigations. Secondly, though, if alcohol was a factor, were authorities thorough enough to find out where that alcohol came from?

Julie Escalante, Ronnie Jenkins Injured in Car Accident in Deaf Smith County, TX

Here's why that matters. If someone is intoxicated and causes an accident, they can obviously face consequences. But if it turns out a local bar or some other business illegally over-served them beyond obvious intoxication, that establishment could also be liable under dram shop law for contributing to the crash.

This is crucial to consider not just as a way to help victims and families (though that's incredibly important) but also to get otherwise negligent businesses to clean up their act. So while alcohol has yet to be confirmed here, there are more than enough red flags to consider more thorough investigations into what all led to this crash.

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