Jose Perez Alanis Injured in Auto Accident on Glasscock Rd in Palmhurst, TX
Palmhurst, TX — December 14, 2022, 82-year-old Jose Perez Alanis was seriously injured in a crash with a suspected drunk driver on Glasscock Road in Palmhurst.
Authorities say the incident happened around 10:40 p.m. on Glasscock near 3 Mile Line Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford Focus was southbound on the roadway when the driver failed to control speed and crashed into the back of a Chevy Colorado. Chevy driver Perez Alanis lost control and swerved off the road; the pickup hit a canal bank and vaulted over the water, then landed on the other side and overturned.
Perez Alanis suffered incapacitating injuries in the crash. The Ford driver reportedly received minor injuries.
Investigators suspected the Ford driver of being intoxicated but he allegedly refused to provide specimens for testing when requested.
No further information is currently available.
If police get a blood draw warrant and learn alcohol was a factor as suspected, their suspect may face some legal consequences for his choices. That step is important, of course; those who recklessly deal serious damage to innocent people should face repercussions. However, he may not be the only one to hold accountable for the damage done on Glasscock Road. What about whoever provided his alcohol?
Texas dram shop law broadens responsibility for DWI wrecks beyond the drivers to sometimes include the businesses that sold or served them drinks. If further investigations determine a licensed alcohol vendor over-served the driver prior to him injuring someone in that crash, the business may be expected to make amends to the victim.
Not every DWI wreck involves a dram violation, but they're far more common than they ideally should be. If a local business over-served the driver and sent him on his way, it should be held accountable for the role it played in the damage done.