Delores Pedraza Injured in Car Accident on Dee Gabriel Collins Rd in Travis County, TX
Travis County, TX — September 17, 2022, 27-year-old Delores Pedraza was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Dee Gabriel Collins Road in Travis County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:45 a.m. on Collins Road near Cottonmouth School Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Pedraza was a passenger in a Mazda 6 headed north on Collins. The car's driver allegedly failed to maintain his lane in a curve and the vehicle hit a guardrail, then spun away and came to rest in the road.
Pedraza suffered serious injuries in the crash. The driver was unhurt; officers administered breath tests at the scene and found the driver had an approximate BAC of .114.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Delores Pedraza Accident in Travis County
Breathalyzers have a higher margin of error than blood tests, but even allowing for that it seems police found enough reason to believe intoxication was a factor here. If they're right the suspect may end up charged for his poor choices and the damaged they caused, which frankly is only right. However, charges won't do much to help the crash victim get back on her feet. Fortunately, there may be other ways to do so.
Under Texas dram shop law, an alcohol provider that over-serves an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for injuries caused by that person while they're under the influence. If the Travis County suspect was over-served somewhere and his intoxication was the reason for the crash, the business that provided his drinks may have a duty to help the injured victim with her recovery.
You'd never know it by the way some of them act, but alcohol providers have a legal responsibility not to over-serve people. When they do and people get hurt, they law says they have to help those victims. Most bars follow the rules and not every DWI case involves a dram shop violation, but the possibility should be looked into when alcohol use seems to be tied to serious injuries. Bad bars should face serious consequences and the people affected by their recklessness deserve all the help they can get.