Jacinto Cervantes, Rodrigo Hernandez Killed in Semi-Truck Accident on Highway 71 in Travis County, TX
UPDATE (November 10, 2023): Information from the authorities identified the victims killed in the accident as 56-year-old Jacinto Cervantes and 22-year-old Rodrigo Hernandez. Also mentioned in more recent information is that the driver of the car hit by the truck was over three times the legal blood-alcohol content limit. To be absolutely clear, I don't bring this up to drag anyone's name through the mud. On the contrary, in all of the public information I've seen on this tragic event, I have yet to see authorities even mention whether or not they're looking into whether or not someone illegally over-served the driver.
Put simply, a driver being over three times the legal limit is a significant amount of alcohol in their system. That alone should be enough for authorities to find out where the alcohol came from due to the possibility there may be a local business recklessly over-serving people. Yet too often, authorities only focus on the drunk drivers, and in this case, that person isn't around. So does that mean they've just moved on without actually getting the whole story? If there's a business out there who broke the law and served someone to the point where most people black out, should they get a free pass just because they weren't behind the wheel? Hopefully authorities have done more work behind the scenes, because the few details I'm seeing right now, even this long after the crash, does not inspire confidence that authorities are being thorough.
Travis County, TX — July 17, 2023, two people were killed as the result of a semi-truck accident at around 11:00 p.m. on Highway 71.
Authorities said that the incident happened along the 5100 block of East Highway 71, in the Del Valle area.
According to officials, the incident involved a semi-truck and a car. The exact circumstances surrounding the accident, however, remain unclear. The vehicles collided, and two people were killed as a result. The victims, said to be adults, have yet to be publicly identified.
No further information about the accident can be confirmed at this time.