Lester Matute-Urquea, 1 Killed in Alleged Drunk Driver Accident in Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX — November 12, 2023, Lester Matute-Urquea and another were killed due to an alleged drunk driver accident at 5:00 a.m. on Military Parkway.
In preliminary statements, the crash reportedly happened in the area of the Military Parkway and North Jim Miller Road intersection.
According to officials, 21-year-old Lester Matute-Urquea and another person were along the side of the road standing outside of a vehicle. While there, a driver going eastbound apparently lost control, left its lane, and crashed into Matute-Urquea and the other pedestrian.
Due to the collision, both Matute-Urquea and the other pedestrian suffered fatal injuries. The driver was allegedly drunk at the time of the accident, police say, and it appears there are pending charges for intoxication manslaughter.
If the allegations here are true, then it's at least encouraging that authorities are taking steps to ensure there are consequences for this awful event. But I have yet to see them mention anything about looking for accomplices.
I realize that may sound odd in reference to a drunk driver, but investigations into drunk driving accidents frequently reveal that a local bar illegally over-served the driver, and they, too, can possibly see criminal charges and other legal consequences as a result. Even at 5:00 a.m., evidence could show there was a local establishment involved here that authorities have yet to identify. Of the hundreds of wrongful death cases I've handled involving negligent alcohol providers, many of them over-served drivers to the point they'd still be over the legal limit even hours after closing time. Could it be that something similar happened here?