Woman Injured in Alleged DWI Accident off West University in Odessa, TX
Odessa, TX -- October 31, 2022, one person sustained injuries as the result of an accident which may have involved alcohol.
Investigators said they were called to World Center Antojitos & Cantina in the 14000 block of West University at around 2:00 a.m.
It appears that there was some kind of altercation leading up to the incident. Somehow, a vehicle ended up running over a woman. That woman had unspecified but apparently serious injuries.
Details claim the driver involved, identified publicly as Jesus Munoz Becerra, attempted to leave the scene. Details also allege he may have been intoxicated at the time. Authorities say there are charges pending for intoxication assault.
Commentary on Alleged DWI Accident off West University in Odessa
While I can't confirm anything in these initial reports, it's obviously serious to see what police suspect is an intoxicated driving incident just outside a drinking establishment. To be clear, I don't know anything about this particular business or what role they did or didn't play here. I do know, however, just how crucial it is to find that out. Why is that?
Simply put, Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. To be clear, this does not place blame anywhere except where it belongs. An intoxicated driver usually has their day in court regardless of whether or not a bar is involved. But with dram shop, steps can be taken both to ensure accomplices to that harm also have their day to answer for their actions and to get people some much needed help.
Whatever happened here, it's important that investigators take the time to find all contributing factors. If authorities aren't taking those steps, this all may be better off in the hands of more experienced independent investigators.