• December 01, 2022

Nazario Munoz Killed in Pedestrian Accident in Harris County, TX

Harris County, TX -- August 16, 2022, Nazario Munoz was killed due to an accident where vehicle struck Munoz in the roadway.

Investigators said that the crash happened at around 2:25 a.m. along North Freeway at Spring Cypress Road.

Officials indicated that 60-year-old Nazario Munoz was walking at the time and on the north freeway feeder road. While there, a northbound vehicle struck Munoz. This resulted in fatal injuries.

Police suggested that alcohol was a factor, but this and other details remain unconfirmed at this time.

Commentary on Nazario Munoz Pedestrian Accident in Harris County

I just want to be clear up front that I can't confirm if alcohol is or isn't a factor here. If it is, though, folks shouldn't take that to mean the victim is automatically to blame. In fact, it could be a sign that someone outside the crash itself contributed to the man's tragic death. A case I handled recently can help explain why that may be.

Nazario Munoz Killed in Pedestrian Accident in Harris County, TX

In that case, a man was hit and killed on the freeway, and authorities found out he was intoxicated at the time. When we retraced his steps, evidence showed the bowling alley he'd been at with friends recklessly and illegally over-served him to the point he was practically unconscious. He fortunately did the responsible thing by trying to walk home instead of driving, but it tragically cost him his life when he accidentally wandered into the roadway.

I'm not saying anything like that happened here, but what folks no doubt wrote off as someone being reckless was actually a man that fell victim to the irresponsible, selfish, and illegal actions of a local business. That's why they were able to be held liable under dram shop law for contributing to the fatal incident. Is that something authorities have at least looked into here? Whether or not it ends up being a factor, it's worth taking steps to ensure a grieving family is getting the whole story.

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