• November 04, 2022

Carlos Montelongo, 3 Injured in Car Accident in Mission, TX

Mission, TX -- October 6, 2022, Carlos Montelongo and others were injured due to an accident where the vehicle they were in crashed

Initial details said that the crash happened at approximately 1:42 a.m. along I-2/Expressway 83 at Shary Road.

It appears that 21-year-old Carlos Daniel Montelongo was a passenger in a Chevy Silverado traveling westbound on the frontage road. At Shary, officials say that the Silverado attempted to take the turnaround, but it ran straight across the curb onto Shary. Doing so, it collided with a Chevy Cruze.

Due to the crash, Montelongo and another passenger in the pickup had injuries said to be incapacitating. Two people in the Cruze had unspecified injuries. Police believe the Silverado driver was intoxicated at the time. This has not yet been confirmed.

Commentary on Carlos Montelongo Car Accident in Mission

As serious as these accusations are, I can't confirm them, so I'm not going to sit here and preach about the dangers of drunk driving. Folks don't need 30 years of experience with drunk driving wrecks to know that. What they may not realize, however, is that crashes like this often involve an accomplice: a bar. If that happened here, there could be a business liable for the victims' injuries.

Carlos Montelongo, 3 Injured in Car Accident in Mission, TX

This is due to Texas dram shop law. It basically says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. While a drunk driver may have their day in court, negligent businesses rarely do unless victims and families take steps to ensure they're getting the attention they deserve. Doing so can be crucial both for getting them the help they need and making the community safer for everyone.

Like I said, I can't say what exactly happened here, but these details are enough to raise serious concerns. Are steps being taken here to ensure folks have every opportunity to get the assistance they deserve?

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