Jose Munoz Jr. Injured in Auto Accident on CR 133 in Lee County, TX
Lee County, TX — October 29, 2022, 43-year-old Jose Munoz Jr. was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on County Road 133 in Lee County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 9:45 p.m. on CR 133 near Private Road 5014. Preliminary investigation suggests Munoz was a passenger in a Ford F-150 pickup headed north on the roadway. The truck's driver allegedly told police he fell asleep while driving and the vehicle drifted off the road to the right. It passed through a driveway and then crashed into a tree.
Munoz suffered serious injuries in the wreck. The pickup driver reportedly received possible injuries.
Investigators suspected the driver of being intoxicated. Breath tests showed he had an approximate BAC of .166.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Jose Munoz Jr. Accident in Lee County
Police seemingly confirmed with fair certainty that the suspect was intoxicated at the time of the accident. With the probable cause of the crash identified and related charges pending some may feel that more or less closes the matter, but the driver may not be the only one legally responsible for the damage done. What about whoever provided his alcohol?
If a driver was sold or served drinks somewhere despite clearly being past his limits, the business that did so may have broken Texas dram shop law. It says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for injuries he causes or suffers while under the influence. If the driver in Lee County was over-served by a local business before the accident, it may have a duty to help the injured passenger get back on his feet.
Despite how helpful dram shop claims could be for many injured victims, folks often aren't aware they have those rights. Not every DWI case involves a dram shop violation, but the possibility must be looked into when alcohol use seems to be tied to serious injuries. If someone is illegally over-served and then causes harm or gets hurt, whoever did the serving should be held accountable for their part and make things right.