Jacqueline Rios, 3 Injured in Car Accident in Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX -- December 11, 2022, Jacqueline Rios and three others were injured due to an accident where two vehicles collided.
Investigators said that the crash happened just after 9:30 p.m. along Lemmon Avenue at Oak Grove Avenue. It appears that 25-year-old Jacqueline Rios was in a Nissan Altima traveling along Lemmon. Ahead at Oak Grove, authorities said that a Mazda CX-5 without its headlights on failed to yield and crashed with Lincoln driving ahead of Rios. The Mazda then swerved and crashed head-on into the Nissan.
Rios had injuries said to be incapacitating due to the crash. The driver of the Lincoln had non-incapacitating injuries. Two others had unspecified injuries. It seems police may have arrested the Mazda driver for drunk driving, but it's unclear if these allegations were ever confirmed.
I certainly can't confirm if the driver involved here was drunk or not, but I can compare this to the countless alcohol-related accidents I've handled throughout the metroplex, not to mention the whole state. Let's consider what details are public right now.
It's late in the evening, the crash happened in Uptown, it involved a driver pulling out in front of cross traffic, police say the driver didn't even have their headlights on, and there is the possibility that driver showed enough signs to convince authorities on the scene to arrest them for drunk driving. I ask myself, then, "What are the odds that driver wasn't intoxicated?" What kind of sober driver makes this many mistakes, gets arrested, and then walks away later because it was all just some big misunderstanding?
I won't deny there's a possibility that authorities made a mistake or that there's more to this than the details show. But if I'm leaning one way or another based on thirty years of experience, it'd be pretty foolish not to at least consider that the driver that caused this wreck was on their way home from a night out drinking. Getting evidence, though, will make all of that speculation unnecessary and help work toward a proper solution.