Stephen Gonzales Injured in Car Accident on FM 428 in Denton County, TX
Denton County, TX — September 29, 2022, 49-year-old Stephen Gonzales was seriously injured in a traffic accident on FM 428 in Denton County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:50 p.m. on FM 428 near FM 1385. Preliminary investigation suggests a Honda Accord was traveling west on the roadway when it entered a curve. It allegedly failed to maintain its lane and crossed over the center line, then collided with an eastbound Ford Fusion driven by Gonzales.
Gonzales suffered serious injuries in the crash. The Honda driver and two passengers in the Ford received possible injuries.
Investigators suspected the Honda driver of being under the influence and drew blood samples for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Stephen Gonzales Accident in Denton County
Police suggested that alcohol may have been a significant factor here. If blood tests confirm their suspicions the driver who triggered the wreck may be in some hot water for his poor choices that evening, but I (and the law) believe that everyone responsible for the damage done should face consequences for their role. With that in mind it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law a licensed alcohol vendor (bar, club, restaurant, store, etc) that sells or serves drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for any damage that customer causes or suffers while under the influence. Most bars follow the rules and not every DWI crash involves a dram violation, but where the drinks came from is still an important detail to know for sure when alcohol use and injuries may be tied together.
Having said that, though, I've learned over the years that police are usually content just to arrest drunk drivers and don't look too far into where the "drunk" part happened. Will they do so here and maybe stop a bar from further endangering its community, or should someone else make sure the victims get the help and justice they deserve?