• October 21, 2022

Facunda Rivera, One Other Injured in Crash on Raul Longoria Road in San Juan, TX

San Juan, TX — September 27, 2022, 63-year-old Facunda Rivera was injured in a crash with a suspected DWI driver on Raul Longoria Road in San Juan.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:15 p.m. on Longoria Road near East Thelma Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Range Rover Sport was traveling north at alleged high speeds on Raul Longoria when it approached stopped traffic. The driver allegedly failed to reduce speed and rear-ended the Rivera's GMC Sierra. After the impact the pickup was pushed into a nearby Jeep Wrangler and the Range Rover hit a Nissan Titan.

Rivera and the Nissan driver both sustained incapacitating injuries in the crash. No other serious injuries were reported.

Investigators suspected the Range Rover driver of being intoxicated and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Facunda Rivera Accident in San Juan

Police suggested that alcohol may have been a significant factor here. If blood tests confirm their suspicions the man who crashed into traffic may be in some hot water for his poor choices that day, but I (and the law) believe that everyone responsible for the damage done should face consequences for their role. With that in mind it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.

Under dram shop law a licensed alcohol vendor (bar, club, restaurant, store, etc) that sells or serves drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for any damage that customer causes or suffers while under the influence. Most bars follow the rules and not every DWI crash involves a dram violation, but where the drinks came from is still an important detail to know for sure when alcohol use and injuries may be tied together.

Facunda Rivera, One Other Injured in Crash on Raul Longoria Road in San Juan, TX

Having said that, though, I've learned over the years that police are usually content just to arrest drunk drivers and don't look too far into where the "drunk" part happened. Will they do so here and maybe stop a bar from further endangering its community, or should someone else make sure the victims get the help and justice they deserve?

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