• December 16, 2022

Odessa Woman Injured in Alleged Drunk Driver Accident on University in Ector County, TX

Ector County, TX -- October 31, 2022, an Odessa woman was injured due to an accident which allegedly involved intoxicated driving.

Initial details said that the incident occurred at around 4:30 a.m. at 14521 W. University Boulevard, which appears to be the address for World Center Antojitos & Cantina.

Officials say that a 54-year-old Odessa woman was in the parking lot of the establishment at the time. While there, it appears that a Chevy Tahoe ran her over, dragging her 20-30 yards.

The victim was said to have incapacitating injuries due to the accident. Police allege that the driver, identified by officials as Jesus Becerra Munoz, was under the influence of alcohol at the time. It was suggested there be charges for intoxication assault. This information is all pending more thorough investigations.

Commentary on Odessa Woman Alleged Drunk Driver Accident on University in Ector County

If these allegations prove true, then one important factor authorities may or may not have considered is where the accused got the alcohol which allegedly contributed to the accident. That may not sound like it's all that important, but it's actually crucial for victims and families due to dram shop law.

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Essentially, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. That's why finding out where a drunk driver was drinking prior to an accident can help reveal that there are accomplices who also need to have their day in court, which dram shop can help to accomplish.

I certainly wouldn't be able to say if that all would apply here without knowing more information, so hopefully steps are being taken to ensure there are clear answers about what all went wrong here and who needs to take responsibility.

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