Jesus Deanda Injured in Crash with Alleged DWI Driver on FM 3472 in Ector County, TX
Ector County, TX — September 25, 2022, 32-year-old Jesus Deanda was seriously injured in a crash with an alleged drunk driver on FM 3472 in Ector County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:10 a.m. on FM 3472 near Avenue D. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford F-250 was headed west in the eastbound lanes of the roadway, against traffic, when it approached Deanda's oncoming Nissan XTerra. Deanda reportedly tried to swerve out of the way but was unsuccessful and the vehicles crashed at an offset.
Deanda suffered serious injuries in the collision. The Ford driver was unhurt.
Blood tests later showed the Ford driver had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .165 at the time of the crash.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jesus Deanda Accident in Ector County
I can't say whether or not police suspicions about intoxication in this crash are right, but since blood tests seem to confirm their belief the claim should obviously be taken seriously. The wrong-way driver may face some serious legal consequences for his poor choices that day--and rightly so considering the damage he caused--but another party may also need to answer for the part it played in seriously hurting the victim.
Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries they cause while under the influence. A bar or other vendor that breaks the law by selling drinks to someone past his limits may legally be an "accomplice" of sorts to any damage he does afterward.
Allowing the folks hurt by that negligent business to hold it accountable is one of the key aspects of dram shop law. It also helps ensure the business makes amends to the victims of its reckless over-service. Despite that, dram violations get little attention from law enforcement. Whether it's a lack of equipment, training, time, or priority causing police not to look, bad bars too often slip away with no consequences. Ensuring they pay for their actions often falls to independent investigators working more directly on the victims' behalf.
Maybe no dram violations even happened here, but it's important for people to know their rights--and what to look for--after such an accident harms them. Will the right steps be taken here to get the victim the help he deserves?