• January 17, 2023

Two Children Injured in Rollover Crash on Veterans Memorial Dr in Harris County, TX

Harris County, TX — January 1, 2023, two juvenile passengers were seriously injured when a vehicle crashed on Veterans Memorial Drive in Harris County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:50 a.m. on the 10400 block of Veterans Memorial near Morewood Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests 25-year-old Joshua Rojas was driving a Subaru Forester north on the roadway when he allegedly lost control for unconfirmed reasons. The vehicle ran off the road to the right and hit a ditch, after which it rolled over.

Two girls in the Subaru aged 11 and 12 were ejected in the rollover and suffered serious injuries. Rojas received possible injuries and an adult passenger was unhurt.

Investigators suspected Rojas was driving under the influence of alcohol.

No further information is currently available.

Some may think that if police are right and the driver was intoxicated, seeing that he has a day in court to answer for his poor choices is pretty much the last step in this matter. Ensuring drunk drivers face consequences for endangering others is certainly important, but I would argue that everyone responsible for the damage done should be held similarly accountable. That's why it's important to know about Texas dram shop law.

Dram shop law prohibits licensed alcohol vendors (bars, restaurants, stores, etc) from selling or serving alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do anyway and those customers cause or suffer injuries while drunk, the business that helped get them that way may be considered liable for the harm done.

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I'm not saying I know a local business broke the law that way, but if police confirmed alcohol's involvement then its source is an important detail to learn—particularly in Harris County, where a disproportionate number of serious Texas DWI crashes occur. If a local bar over-served that young man during a New Year's Eve celebration and he then hurt two children while struggling to drive, it seems only right to teach that business a harsh lesson about what happens when it disregards the law. If those efforts can also help those girls get back to living their lives, that's all the more reason to take the needed steps.

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