Alondra Mendez Killed in Fort worth, TX, Drunk Driving Accident
Fort Worth, TX -- May 7, 2017, Alondra Mendez was fatally injured due to an accident in which she was struck by an alleged drunk driver.
Fort Worth Police officials released details surrounding the accident which they say happened at 7:00 p.m. near the intersection of Calloway Street and Biway Street.
According to investigators, 2-year-old Mendez was crossing the roadway on foot at the time. As she did so, a 40-year-old man failed to avoid her in time, striking her in the roadway.
Mendez sustained critical injuries and was taken to Cook Children's Medical Center for intensive care. She died on Tuesday, May 9.
Police arrested the driver for a charge of intoxication manslaughter. They have not released any further information surrounding the accident.
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Some people see dram shop law as a system that lets drunk drivers to be rewarded and avoid accountability for their actions. The reality is that the law exists to protect victims like this child. People who are innocently minding their own business only to be struck down by someone engaging in completely dangerous and selfish behavior.
Some might think, "Well why should a bar be punished for the actions of a drunk driver?" The answer to that is they're not; they're being punished for their own actions. In Texas, liquor liability laws state that a licensed alcohol vendor which over-serves alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer can be held liable for damages resulting from that person's intoxication. Basically, if an alcohol vendor should reasonably be able to tell the customer is drunk, it's illegal for them to serve that customer. Period.
Punishing bars who disregard the safety of the general public is a genuine attempt to convince bars to behave themselves properly, since experience shows many bars and other alcohol sellers simply can't do it on their own. So when people say that dram shop laws take accountability away from drunk drivers, they are neglecting to take into account that the laws are holding business accountable for theirs. Ultimately, everyone wants justice after an accident like this. If the the driver was over-served by a licensed vendor, then there are two parties that must be held accountable for justice to truly be done.
--Grossman Law Offices