• November 21, 2022

Driver Killed, 1 Charged in Alleged DUI Accident on I-35 in Laredo, TX

Laredo, TX -- November 19, 2022, one person was killed and one faces charges following a car accident allegedly involving impaired driving.

Authorities said they responded to the southbound lanes of I-35 at around 2:00 a.m. near the Mann Road overpass.

It appears that Mazda car and a Chevy Silverado somehow crashed along the interstate. This resulted in the Mazda driver sustaining fatal injuries. Authorities did not identify the victim.

At this time, authorities say that the Chevy driver, identified as 28-year-old Uriel Cardenas, will face charges for DUI and reckless driving. They did not give further details.

Commentary on Alleged DUI Accident on I-35 near Mann in Laredo

A DUI crash at 2:00 a.m. is about as glaring as a red flag can get. It's not my place to speculate on whether or not these allegations are true. But victims and families have rights, and they deserve to know how those rights can help them after situation as difficult as the one described here. Generally speaking, if evidence shows that an at-fault driver was impaired, it's important to find out if that was due to being over-served by a local bar.

Laredo, TX Alleged DUI Accident Kills 1 on I-35 near Mann Road

2:00 a.m. is such a common time for drunk driving because that's when bars close. As such, when investigations show that an accident occurred in part because one of those bars illegally over-served someone who was obviously intoxicated, that establishment can then be liable under dram shop law. Not only can this provide a significant source of assistance for the victim's loved ones, it can also help ensure there are appropriate consequences for all parties whose negligent actions cost someone their life.

Unfortunately, I don't often see authorities look into things like dram shop all that often. Whether or not it was a factor here, knowing for sure may require more thorough independent investigations. If nothing else, it's important that a grieving family knows they're getting the whole story.

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