Brandon Weerstra, Areny Reyes Injured in Midland County, TX Wrong-Way Crash
Midland County, TX — March 13, 2022, Brandon Weerstra and Areny Reyes were seriously injured in a wrong-way accident on I-20 Business in Midland County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:20 a.m. along Business 20 near mile marker 309. Preliminary investigation suggests Reyes was driving a Cadillac SUV west in the eastbound lanes of the highway, against traffic, when she hit the back-right quarter of an eastbound GMC Sierra.
The impact sent the pickup spinning off the road but the Cadillac continued west and crashed head-on with Weerstra's Chevy Tahoe. A second Tahoe tried to pass between the crashed vehicles but hit the Cadillac and veered into the center median's cable barrier.
Weerstra and Reyes, both reportedly not wearing seat belts, were seriously injured in the crash. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Brandon Weerstra, Areny Reyes Accident in Midland County
Reports indicate the wrong-way driver in this crash had an approximate blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .223 at the time of the crash. I don't say that with any judgment, and I would imagine she'll have her day in court to answer for the poor choices that number seems to reflect. However, confirmation that she was well over the legal limit for intoxication may change some aspects of the investigation. For one thing, it's now important to find out where her drinks came from.
Alcohol-related crashes in Texas and many other states sometimes involve holding the businesses that served it responsible for the damage their intoxicated patrons cause or suffer. Under dram shop law any business that continued serving alcohol if their customer was obviously intoxicated may have a legal duty to help anyone she hurt--including herself--recover from their injuries.
Even if such over-service happened, though, it must be proven with evidence. Police investigations aren't very helpful for getting that, so it's usually best for victims to work with independent investigators who know how to get the necessary evidence. Armed with what those experts find, many people hurt by reckless over-service have held bad businesses accountable for breaking the law and contributing to their injuries. Will those steps be taken here?