• January 11, 2023

Irvin Guevara Injured in Auto Accident on Highway 73 in Jefferson County, TX

Jefferson County, TX — December 7, 2022, 31-year-old Irvin Guevara was seriously injured in a car accident on State Highway 73 in Jefferson County.

Authorities say the incident happened around midnight on Highway 73 near mile marker 752. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chevy Malibu and Guevara's GMC Sierra were headed east in the inside lane. The Chevy driver allegedly failed to control speed and rear-ended the pickup, causing the truck to swerve into the median and overturn. It rolled multiple times before coming to rest near the westbound shoulder.

Guevara was seriously injured in the crash; a passenger in the pickup reportedly received minor injuries. The Chevy driver sustained possible injuries and investigators suspected her of being intoxicated. Blood samples were collected for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Clearly the suggestion that someone was driving under the influence of alcohol in Jefferson County is very serious. If blood tests confirm those allegations then serious consequences seem fitting; however, things may actually be more complex than simply ensuring a DWI driver has her day in court. In many situations like this one, authorities overlook another party--an accomplice of sorts--that should also be held accountable for the part it played.

Under Texas dram shop law, licensed alcohol vendors like bars and restaurants aren't allowed to continue serving a customer if they can tell that person is drunk. The law calls it being obviously intoxicated, and whoever's supplying their drinks is required to cut them off. Unfortunately not every business takes that obligation seriously and keeps pouring regardless of their customers' state. When they do that and those customers cause or suffer injuries while excessively drunk, the bar may be liable for the damage done.

Irvin Guevara Injured in Auto Accident on Highway 73 in Jefferson County, TX

To be clear, at this point alcohol is still only suspected in Jefferson County--not yet proven by objective evidence like blood test results. Investigators should still look into other possible explanations in the meantime, but if a local bar needs a harsh lesson about its priorities--and a drunk driving victim can get some help in the process--that seems like more than enough reason to take the needed steps.

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