Isaiah Mendiola Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on Taylor Street in Amarillo, TX
Amarillo, TX — November 5, 2022, 22-year-old Isaiah Mendiola died in a collision with a guardrail and a concrete structure on Taylor Street in Amarillo.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:45 a.m. on the 1200 block of south Taylor Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Mendiola was driving a Nissan Juke along the roadway when he may have lost control for unknown reasons. The vehicle left its lane in a curve, then hit a metal guardrail and something police described as a "large concrete structure."
Mendiola, allegedly not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected and suffered fatal injuries.
Police said speed and alcohol contributed to the deadly crash.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Isaiah Mendiola Accident in Amarillo
Police mentioned alcohol may have been a factor in this incident, and if they really believe that then it's important they look into it further. If the victim was intoxicated before his tragic accident, then a local alcohol provider may share some of the responsibility for what happened to him. Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider which over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages he causes or suffers while under the influence.
Having said that, though, I want to be clear that alcohol's not a guaranteed factor here, just a potential one. Police often mention it as a suspected issue after crashes with certain fact patterns, or just to say they're looking into the possibility but have no concrete proof. For all anyone knows right now something else--bad roads, vehicle failures, someone else making the victim swerve by cutting him off--could have sent him out of his lane. A proper investigation will account for all the possibilities, likely or not, because they people who lost a loved ones deserve the whole story and any help available to them.