Sandra Barrera Injured in Car Accident on Lincoln Drive in Arlington, TX
Arlington, TX — December 4, 2022, 50-year-old Sandra Barrera was seriously injured in a crash with a suspected DWI driver on Lincoln Drive in Arlington.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:30 a.m. on Lincoln at East Lamar Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests a Subaru Forester was traveling north on Lincoln when the driver allegedly disregarded a red light. The SUV entered the Lamar intersection and Barrera's eastbound VW Passat hit its driver's side. After the impact the Subaru overturned and rolled a short distance away.
Barrera and the 20-year-old Subaru driver both suffered serious injuries in the collision. Investigators suspected the driver who ran the light of being intoxicated and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Sandra Barrera Accident in Arlington
It seems the wrong-way driver in this accident is suspected of being intoxicated. That can mean different things depending on whether the intoxicant in question was drugs or alcohol, but if the underage driver was drunk that means the source of his alcohol should be found for at least two reasons.
First, it's obviously important to know who gave someone under the age of 21 alcohol. With few exceptions anyone contributing to the intoxication of an underage person is in hot water with the law more or less by default.
Second, it's crucial to find out whether that alcohol provider was a business that sold it directly to the underage driver. It would have done so illegally as I mentioned in the first point, but more than that if it also served that driver to excess then it may be responsible for the injuries he caused to both himself and to the other driver under Texas dram shop law.
I won't get too lost in the weeds speculating about what exactly happened here or what an intoxication charge might mean for that young man. I just think it's important after a crash like this to learn all the relevant details, including how he was intoxicated (if he actually was) and where the intoxicants were obtained. The answers to those questions could make a great deal of difference; will police take the time and care needed to get them?