• December 21, 2022

Juan Baldemar Andrade, 1 Injured in Alleged Intoxicated Driving Accident in Brownsville, TX

UPDATE (January 4, 2023): Recent information made available by officials identifies 19-year-old Juan Baldemar Andrade as the driver of a Dodge Avenger which was struck by the Toyota that allegedly ran the red light. Andrade and a 19-year-old woman in her vehicle were said to have incapacitating injuries due to the crash. Additional details about Frank Luna and charges he may face are unclear at this time.

Brownsville, TX -- December 15, 2022, two people were injured due to an accident which allegedly involved intoxicated driving.

Preliminary details indicate that the crash happened approaching midnight along Ruben M. Torres Boulevard at US 77.

Police allege that 45-year-old Frank Luna was the driver of a white Toyota Tacoma which may have been racing. They say the Tacoma went through a red light, and a chain reaction collision occurred.

After the crash, at least two people were seriously injured. Police claim that Luna failed field sobriety tests and was arrested. No details available at this time, can be further confirmed.

Commentary on Juan Baldemar Andrade Alleged Intoxicated Driving Accident in Brownsville

These are obviously serious allegations, and there will no doubt be steps taken by local authorities to see there are answers for what led to this crash. The issue with accidents like the one described here, however, is there is often an accomplice that gets off scot-free. Police suggest intoxication could be a factor here, which brings up the possibility a local bar contributed to the accident. Are their actions being investigated here?

Here's why that matters. It's illegal in Texas for bars, liquor stores, restaurants, and other venues to serve someone who is obviously intoxicated. Doing so can open a business up to consequences under criminal law, through administrative agencies like the TABC, and potentially to liability under dram shop law.

Whether or not any of those steps are being taken right now isn't clear, but it's more than clear that more thorough investigations would likely help ensure those involved here are getting clear answers about who all needs to be held accountable for these events.


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