• May 15, 2017

Five Killed, Two Hurt in Suspected DUI Accident in Albuquerque, NM on U.S. 550

Albuquerque, NM -- A head-on collision in Albuquerque, NM claimed the lives of five unidentified people and left two injured Friday, May 12, 2017.

Police officials say the two vehicles, a large work truck and a Chevy Tahoe, collided on U.S. 55 around 8 p.m. It appears the work truck crossed the lanes, went into oncoming traffic, and struck the SUV head-on.

The Tahoe, occupied by two adults, a toddler and an infant, caught fire, killing all the occupants.

Of the four people in the work truck, the driver and a passenger were killed, while two other passengers were left with undisclosed injuries.

The exact cause of the crash is yet to be determined. Police do, however, claim they believe alcohol was a factor.

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Commentary

Unbelievable. Simply unbelievable. That's one word to describe this incident. Another word? Sickening. An entire family, including a toddler and an infant, tragically lost their lives all because some horribly irresponsible people had a few too many after work. But, what makes this even more sickening is the possibility that some bar recklessly served these guys booze while they were already intoxicated.

And if a bar did contribute to this crash, there's a word that suits them perfectly: accomplice. That's what it comes down to. If a bar served the individuals in the work truck, that bar is an accomplice in a serious criminal act. In fact, legally speaking, New Mexico is similar to my home state of Texas in regards to they way the law views the reckless culture of over-service leading to drunk driving crashes.

In New Mexico, liquor liability laws state that bars that serve alcohol to individuals when it is reasonably apparent those individuals were intoxicated at the time of service may be held liable when those individuals harm others as a result of their intoxication. This means when bars serve patrons they know (or should know) are drunk, they broken the law.

I would say that a driver would have to be pretty drunk to cross the center line in a work vehicle, killing two adults, a toddler, and an infant. It doesn't seem like a stretch of the imagination to imagine whoever sold these individuals alcohol had to have an inkling that they were well past the point to safely operate a vehicle.

Five people are dead, two are injured. If there's even a remote chance that there's a bar out there that enabled this tragedy, that bar needs to be brought to justice, and forced to face the consequences of callously placing their needs over the need for public safety.

--Grossman Law Offices
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