• November 17, 2022

Isabella and Gianna Tijerina Injured in Car Accident on 6th Street in McAllen, TX

McAllen, TX — October 26, 2022, 28-year-old Isabella Tijerina and 24-year-old Gianna Tijerina were injured in a single-vehicle accident on 6th Street in McAllen.

Authorities say the incident occurred around 1:20 a.m. on North 6th Street near Westway Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests 24-year-old Gianna Tijerina was driving a Chevrolet Sonic north at alleged high speeds when she lost control for unconfirmed reasons. The car veered off the road and onto a nearby property, where it crashed into an oak tree and stopped.

Isabella Tijerina, a passenger in the car, suffered serious injuries in the crash. Gianna Tijerina reportedly received minor injuries.

Investigators suspected Gianna Tijerina was under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Isabella and Gianna Tijerina Accident in McAllen

It doesn't seem like a major stretch to think the two women in that vehicle might be related. Family gets a pass on a lot of things, and as the driver faces possible DWI charges the passenger may feel no desire to take things further on a more personal level. However, there may be someone else to hold accountable for the damage done: The source of the alcohol.

Under Texas dram shop law bars and other alcohol providers aren't allowed to keep serving obviously intoxicated customers. If they keep serving those people drinks illegally, the bars may be liable for any injuries their customers cause or suffer while under the influence. They'd then have a duty to help anyone hurt by their reckless over-service get back on their feet.

Isabella and Gianna Tijerina Injured in McAllen, TX Car Accident on 6th St

To be clear, intoxication isn't proven in the McAllen crash. Saying a few words about dram shop law doesn't mean I know for a fact it applies here; I just talk about it after crashes like this because too few people know their rights after being hurt in one. Dram shop claims are a valuable tool--both for teaching negligent bars a lesson about their priorities and for helping the people they hurt resume their lives. Did or should someone check into whether a bad bar was part of the story here?

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