• November 01, 2022

Arnulfo Arizmendi Injured, Lorenzo Abrego Charged after Alleged DWI Crash in Weslaco, TX

UPDATE (November 11, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of this accident as 38-year-old Arnulfo Arizmendi.

Weslaco, TX — October 29, 2022, one person was hospitalized after a crash with an alleged DWI driver on North Texas Boulevard in Weslaco.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:25 a.m. along the 1000 block of North Texas Blvd. Preliminary investigation suggests 23-year-old Lorenzo Abrego was driving a Chevy Silverado south in the northbound lanes of the road, against traffic, when he crashed head-on with the victim's Kia Rio. The impact caused the Rio to roll over, and a third vehicle was somehow hit during the collision.

The Kia's driver was extricated and transported to an area hospital. No other injuries were reported.

Abrego was charged with intoxication assault with vehicle, accident involving serious bodily injury and accident involving damage to vehicle.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Arnulfo Arizmendi Accident in Weslaco

If evidence confirms the suspect was impaired as police believe, some may consider his charges the final word on the matter. They're an important and justified step considering how dangerous and reckless it is for someone to drive drunk, but at the same time I'd argue that everyone responsible for the damage done should be held accountable. Depending on where and how much the suspect drank, that might include a business that sold him alcohol.

Under Texas dram shop law, any business that illegally over-served the suspect alcohol may be liable for the Kia driver's injuries in the crash. Bars that break the law and show little regard for public safety must be taught a harsh lesson; part of that is ensuring they make amends to the people hurt by their negligence.

Arnulfo Arizmendi Injured, Lorenzo Abrego Charged after Weslaco, TX Auto Accident

Not every alcohol-related crash involves a dram shop violation, but the source of the drinks is an important detail to know. The law punishes DWI drivers quite severely, and the places that get them so drunk should be held accountable as well. Will police track down the drinks to their source, or should someone else handle that on behalf of the victim?

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