Mayra Pena, Leonor Arreozola, Child Injured by Wrong-Way Driver on 75th St in Houston, TX
Houston, TX — October 28, 2022, Mayra Pena, Leonor Arreozola, and a child were injured in a traffic accident on 75th Street in Harris County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:45 p.m. on 75th at Canal Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Kia Optima was northbound on the roadway, allegedly speeding and weaving through traffic, when it crossed left of center into the southbound lane. The driver continued traveling the wrong direction and ran a red light at Canal, then crashed into a Chevy Silverado pickup driven by Mayra Pena. The impact pushed the Chevy backward into a Jeep Wrangler.
Pena (43), her passenger Arreozola (73), and a 9-year-old girl in the pickup were seriously injured in the crash. The Jeep driver received possible injuries. No other injuries were reported.
The Kia driver faced several potential charges including Failure to Stop and Render Aid and DWI.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Houston Wrong-Way Crash at 75th and Canal
If reports have their facts straight it seems like fault for this accident is pretty straightforward. It seems hard to argue that the person speeding the wrong way on a local street and running a red light was somehow not the culprit. However, if police were right and that person was intoxicated at the time then there may actually be more to the story.
People don't always think about how many drunk drivers have an "accomplice" of sorts that help them become unfit to get behind the wheel. In Texas and many other states, dram shop law prohibits licensed alcohol vendors from selling or serving drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer. If they do so anyway and that over-served customer causes or suffers injuries, the business that liquored him up may be liable for the damage he dealt.
Not every drunk driving crash starts with a dram violation, and I'm not saying I know of a particular Houston business to shine a light on after this crash. I'm only saying that finding out where that wrong-way driver was before he drove on 75th is an important step in a full investigation. If a local business is endangering its community for the sake of a few more bucks, that behavior must be stopped. Will police learn more about the events leading up to the crash, or are they content with their current "bad guy?"