Claudia and Susana Herrera Astorga Killed in Dallas, TX Auto Accident on Hampton Rd
Dallas, TX — November 5, 2022, 30-year-olds Claudia and Susana Herrera Astorga died in an auto accident on Hampton Road in Dallas.
Authorities say the incident happened around 8:15 p.m. on South Hampton at Falls Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests a GMC Sierra and a Toyota Tacoma were headed south on Hampton Road as Claudia Herrera Astorga stopped her eastbound Kia Optima at the sign on Falls Drive just ahead.
According to reports the GMC driver tried to pass the Toyota truck on the right, allegedly speeding, when it broadsided the eastbound Kia that had just entered the road from Falls Drive.
Claudia and Susana Herrera Astorga were fatally injured in the crash. No other serious injuries were reported by the occupants of the GMC and Toyota trucks.
Authorities believe the GMC driver may have been under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Claudia and Susana Herrera Astorga Accident in Dallas
Police suggested that alcohol may have been a significant factor here. If blood tests confirm their suspicions the driver who triggered the wreck may deservedly face some legal consequences for his poor choices that evening. Drunk driving puts everyone at risk and it's only right that people who do it get what's coming to them. However, I (and the law) believe that same idea should extend to everyone responsible for the damage done. That's why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law a licensed alcohol vendor (bar, club, restaurant, store, etc) that sells or serves drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for any damage that customer causes while under the influence. In other words it's not always just a drunk driver who's legally accountable for a crash--it's also the place that got him that way. Most bars follow the rules and not every DWI wreck involves a dram violation, but the alcohol's source is still an important detail to know for sure when its use may have caused serious or fatal injuries.
Unfortunately police rarely take the time or care needed to ensure a law-breaking bar is caught and held responsible. Will they do so here and maybe stop one from endangering its community, or should someone else make sure the victims' loved ones get the help and justice they deserve?