• November 08, 2022

Samuel Briceno-Morales Killed in Crash with Alleged DWI Driver on Sheldon Road in Harris County, TX

Harris County, TX -- November 6, 2022, Samuel Briceno-Morales was fatally injured in a crash with an alleged DWI driver on Sheldon Road in Harris County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:50 a.m. on the 1980 block of Sheldon Road. Preliminary investigation suggests driver Adrian Moody was driving a Jeep Wrangler north on the roadway as Briceno-Morales was headed south nearby in a Dodge Ram pickup.

According to reports Moody failed to maintain his lane and crossed over the center line. The front-left of his Jeep crashed into the front-left of the Dodge.

Briceno-Morales was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. His passengers, Marco Briceno and German Marmolejo, were taken to an area hospital.

Moody, believed to be under the influence of alcohol, was reportedly arrested on a potential charge of intoxication manslaughter.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Samuel Briceno-Morales Accident in Harris County

Something too often overlooked after an alleged drunk driver hurts someone is where their alcohol came from. That may seem like a trivial detail to people who feel all the responsibility rests with that person, but where and how they drank are actually very important. Depending on what's learned about those, a local business may be partly responsible for the damage done under Texas dram shop law.

In a nutshell, dram shop law prohibits licensed alcohol vendors (bars, restaurants, liquor and convenience stores, etc) from selling or serving alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do so illegally and their customers cause or suffer injuries while under the influence, the business that provided too much to drink may be considered liable for the harm done--and rightly so, as everyone responsible for the victims' injuries should be held accountable.

Samuel Briceno-Morales Killed in Harris County, TX Crash with Alleged DWI Driver

I'm not saying for certain that a dram shop violation happened here, but did the authorities even look into it? Little as I like to say it, my guess would be no. Law enforcement doesn't spend much time tracking down negligent over-service, content instead to punish the drunk drivers it produces. That's why dram shop matters are most often dealt with by independent investigators. Their careful attention to detail and in-depth analysis may confirm no such violation occurred, but they could also be a step toward getting the victims the help they need and deserve.

*We appreciate your feedback and welcome anyone to comment on our blog entries, however all visitor blog comments must be approved by the site moderator prior to showing live on the site. By submitting a blog comment you acknowledge that your post may appear live on the site for any visitors to see, pending moderator approval. The operators of this site are not responsible for the accuracy or content of the comments made by site visitors. By submitting a comment, blog post, or email to this site you acknowledge that you may receive a response with regard to your questions or concerns. If you contact Grossman Law Offices using this online form, your message will not create an attorney-client relationship and will not necessarily be treated as privileged or confidential! You should not send sensitive or confidential information via the Internet. Since the Internet is not necessarily a secure environment, it is not possible to ensure that your message sent via the Internet might be kept secure and confidential. When you fill out a contact or comment form, send us an email directly, initiate a chat session or call us, you acknowledge we may use your contact information to communicate with you in the future for marketing purposes, but such marketing will always be done in an ethical way.