Promise Hamilton and Luis Solano Killed, One Hurt in Accident in Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX -- A suspected alcohol-related collision in the area of Dallas, Texas led to the death of 23-year-old Promise Hamilton and her boyfriend, Luis Solano, 26, Sunday, May 7, 2017.
The incident took place near the Dallas Parkway and Frankford Road around 4:30 a.m.
Police officials say the deceased victims were headed north on the Dallas Parkway en route to DFW International Airport when their vehicle was struck by a speeding car. The offending vehicle reportedly ran a red light, struck the the victim's vehicle, forcing it into a pole.
The report claims the pair were under a half mile from home when the collision took place.
The incident claimed the lives of Ms. Hamilton and Mr. Solano, and left the suspected drunk driver in critical condition.
The injured driver of the suspected vehicle, Moses Mwangi, was last listed in critical condition and was arrested on two counts of intoxication manslaughter.
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One unfortunate certainty I encounter every time I enter the office is the fact that I'll be faced with another story of a drunk driver taking someone's life as a consequence of their actions. It's become a part of our every day reality, and in Texas, the occurrence of drunk driving crashes is reaching epidemic proportions.
I think the average person is fully aware of the illegality of drinking to excess and getting behind the wheel. However, there are plenty of people out there who are unaware of the fact that Texas liquor liability law holds bars and establishments that enable drunk drivers equally responsible for the role they play in drunk driving incidents.
How might this apply here? Well, if the fact pattern holds true, it would come as no great surprise if the driver had been at a bar prior to the collision. It's 4:30 a.m., on a weekend, and police have arrested the suspect on two counts of intoxication manslaughter. And if an investigation determines the driver was illegally over-served at a bar prior to the crash, that bar should be made to face the consequences of their disregard and reckless behavior as well the suspected drunk driver.
There's no question that we as a community face a serious problem with the heedless culture of over-service. What makes this issue even more troubling is the fact that bars are expected to maintain a specific standard when they take on the privilege of serving a potentially dangerous product. If they feel the need to do so recklessly without regard to the safety of others, they must be forced to face the consequences of their failure to meet this standard. With dram law, we as a community provide a tool for victims to seek justice and bars are sent a clear message to think twice before heedlessly over-serving their patrons.
--Grossman Law Offices