Two Seriously Injured in Crash with Alleged DWI Driver on Overton Ridge Blvd in Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX — October 15, 2022, two people were seriously injured in a crash with an alleged DWI driver on Overton Ridge Boulevard in Fort Worth.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:55 a.m. on Overton Ridge at Chisholm Trail. Preliminary investigation suggests 31-year-old Jesus Ramirez Gonzalez was driving a Chevy Tahoe south on Chisholm Trail when he allegedly ran a red light at Overton Ridge. The southbound pickup entered the intersection where it collided with the victims' eastbound Honda Civic.
The Honda's two occupants, both 26-year-old women, were seriously injured in the crash. No serious injuries were reported from the Chevy's three occupants.
Police believed Ramirez Gonzalez was under the influence of alcohol. Field breath tests showed he had an approximate BAC of .132 at the time of the collision.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Fort Worth Crash at Overton Ridge and Chisholm Trail
If test results were right and the suspect was intoxicated that may mean he'll have a day in court to answer for his poor choices. That seems only fair considering the serious damage he did, but speculating about his charges isn't really my place. Besides, aside from some possible moral satisfaction they won't do much for the victims as they struggle to get back on their feet. However, there may be another way to do just that--and it starts by finding out where the suspect drank that night.
Under Texas dram shop law, an alcohol provider that over-serves an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for injuries caused by that person while they're under the influence. If the Fort Worth suspect was over-served somewhere and his intoxication was a big part of the crash, the business that provided his drinks may have a duty to make amends to the victims for its part in their injuries.
You'd never know it by the way some of them act, but alcohol providers have a legal duty not to over-serve people. When they do and their customers get hurt or harm others, they law says they have to help those victims. Most bars follow the rules and not every DWI wreck involves a dram shop violation, but the possibility should be looked into when alcohol use seems to be tied to serious injuries. Bad bars should face serious consequences and the people affected by their recklessness deserve all the help they can get.