• October 21, 2022

April Cavazos Killed in Pedestrian Accident on US-59 in Nacogdoches County, TX

Nacogdoches County, TX — September 27, 2022, 20-year-old April Cavazos was hit and killed by a vehicle on U.S. Highway 59 in Nacogdoches County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:05 p.m. on the 16000 block of southbound US-59. Preliminary investigation suggests Cavazos was arguing with 21-year-old James Lopez in the highway's center turn lane; after the argument, which may have become physical, Cavazos reportedly walked through the southbound lane toward CR-157 and was hit by a southbound Toyota Prius.

Cavazos suffered fatal injuries in the accident.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on April Cavazos Accident in Nacogdoches County

Reports suggest the victim and the man she was with (described as her date) may have been drinking prior to their fight in the road. That detail may be more significant than it first appears. Why? Because if alcohol influenced what happened--by making the two fight, say, or by preventing the victim from reacting to the approaching vehicle--then whatever business provided it may be partly responsible for the tragic damage done under Texas dram shop law.

April Cavazos Killed in Nacogdoches County, TX Accident on US-59

Questions of liability may be far from the minds of the victim's loved ones, and in no way would I try to rush them through their grief. I only know than in some cases mourning eventually makes some room for a desire to see consequences, and if that happens then everyone who had a hand in this family's terrible loss should be held properly accountable. If that list includes a bar or other alcohol-serving business, dram shop law may be the best way to ensure they're held responsible for their negligence.

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