Jose Alvarez, 2 Children Injured by Alleged DWI Driver on Tower Rd in Hidalgo County, TX
Hidalgo County, TX — October 9, 2022, 50-year-old Jose Alvarez and two children were injured in a crash with an alleged DWI driver on Tower Road in Hidalgo County.
Authorities say the incident occurred around 8:35 a.m. on Tower Road at Owassa Road. Preliminary information suggests a Alvarez was driving a Chevy Silverado east on Owassa. He proceeded through Tower after stopping at the four-way intersection, but a northbound Lincoln Mark MKZ sedan ran its sign and crashed into the Chevy's passenger side.
Alvarez, two juvenile passengers in the pickup, and the Lincoln driver all received serious injuries in the collision. Blood tests later showed the Lincoln driver had a BAC of .101, over the legal limit, at the time of the crash.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jose Alvarez Accident in Hidalgo County
Test results seem to confirm that the suspect in this accident was over the legal limit for intoxication when it happened. That may lead to some criminal charges, and rightfully so considering the damage he dealt to himself and others--including children. However, if intoxication caused that crash and the resulting injuries then it's only right that everyone responsible for it be held properly accountable. That's why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.
If further investigations find that a licensed alcohol vendor over-served the suspect prior to the accident, that business may be responsible for the damage he caused and suffered under dram shop law. It may then have a duty to make what amends it can to the victims--including the suspect--for the part it played in their injuries. The idea of over-service early on a Sunday morning may seem unlikely, but consider that the suspect's BAC could be a remnant of a higher one the night before. Only more investigation could say one way or the other.
Dram shop law is a valuable but often-unknown tool used to help people affected by DWI accidents. Moreover, it teaches negligent businesses that making a few more bucks is never worth the risk it poses to public safety. Will the authorities look into the possibility of a dram shop violation here, or would an independent investigation better ensure the victims get the answers and help they deserve?