Berkis De La Cruz Injured in Auto Accident on Wichita St in Forest Hill, TX
Forest Hill, TX — January 20, 2023, 39-year-old Berkis De La Cruz was seriously injured in an auto accident on Wichita Street in Tarrant County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 8:10 p.m. on Wichita near Devalcourt Avenue in the Fort Worth suburb of Forest Hill. Preliminary investigation suggests a Hyundai Elantra was traveling south on the roadway in the outside lane when the driver allegedly lost control for unconfirmed reasons. The Hyundai veered left, passed through the median into the northbound lanes, and crashed into De La Cruz's Nissan Sentra.
De La Cruz suffered serious injuries in the collision. The other vehicle's 37-year-old driver was reportedly unhurt. Investigators suspected he was under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Any suggestion that someone drove under the influence is troubling, and if blood tests confirm it in Forest Hill then serious consequences may follow for the suspect. That would only be right considering the serious injuries he caused, but his day in court may not actually be the final piece of the puzzle; in fact, he might not be the only one who should take some responsibility for what happened. That's why it's important to know about Texas dram shop law.
Under 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. If they keep refilling his glass illegally and he hurts someone while excessively drunk, the bar may be liable for the damage they helped cause.
I'm not saying I know some Tarrant County business broke the law before this crash; heck, alcohol isn't even a proven factor at this point. However, if blood tests confirm it then it's important to find out where the drinks came from that night. If a local bar needs a stern lesson about obeying the law and not endangering its community, that should happen sooner and not later. If that same process can get some much-needed help for a DWI crash victim, that's all the more reason to take the needed steps.