Juan Solis Jr. Killed in Auto Accident on FM 1638 in Nacogdoches County, TX
Nacogdoches County, TX — November 27, 2022, 33-year-old Juan Solis Jr. died in a motorcycle accident on Farm to Market Road 1638 in Nacogdoches County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:45 p.m. on FM 1638 near Westward Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chevy Malibu was northbound on the roadway approaching the intersection with Westward Drive. Solis was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle north a short distance ahead of the car and slowed to make a right turn onto Westward, at which point the Malibu crashed into the back of the bike.
Solis was ejected in the collision and suffered fatal injuries. Reports indicate the Chevy driver fled the scene but was located at a residence a short distance away. He was suspected of driving while intoxicated and blood samples were collected for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Juan Solis Jr. Accident in Nacogdoches County
If test results confirm alcohol was involved here as police suggested, some may think that just means the suspect's charges will reflect that. Making sure he pays the price not only for driving drunk but also for fleeing the scene is clearly important considering the crash's tragic aftermath, but contrary to what some may think the buck might not stop with him. Everyone responsible for the damage done in these wrecks should be held accountable, which is why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries he causes while under the influence. It's no secret that many bars and other alcohol vendors gladly refill their customers' glasses long past the point of no return, then send them stumbling out the door to their cars. That conscious over-service is illegal--period. When a business does it and people get hurt afterward, it must be taught a clear and harsh lesson about getting its priorities in order. If the people hurt by its negligence can get some much-needed help recovering, that's all the more reason to take the necessary steps. Will police get on that, or would independent investigations be more helpful to the victim's loved ones?