• May 15, 2017

Natividad Chavez Killed in Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident near 1100 South 77 Sunshine Strip in Harlingen, TX

Harlingen, TX -- A vehicle vs. pedestrian crash in Harlingen, TX led to the death of 57-year-old Natividad Chavez Friday, May 12, 2017.

The incident took place near the 1100 block of South 77 Sunshine Strip.

The details of the incident are sparse, but police say they are seeking information involving a Ford Fusion light in color. The woman, aged 57, was taken to a nearby hospital, where she later succumbed to her injuries. According to the report, 31-year-old Adrien Salas, the driver of the offending vehicle, was placed at a local bar by surveillance video prior to the crash. Mr. Salas has since been charged with intoxication manslaughter.

Further information may be forthcoming as the investigation concludes.

The investigation into the incident that claimed the 57-year-old woman's life is ongoing.

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Commentary

New information released by media reports claims the suspected driver was seen on surveillance video drinking at a bar the night of the incident. This is troubling. When retailers apply for a license to serve alcohol, they make an agreement with the state to responsibly serve a potentially dangerous product.

Alcohol service is a privilege granted by state powers, not a right. Alcohol service might be regarded in the same way one views the privilege to operate a motor vehicle. When the state grants an individual the privilege to drive, they're expected to obey the rules of the road established by the state. When the state grants retailers the right to serve alcohol to paying customers, the expectation is that the vendor will do so responsibly. It's apparent the bar that served this individual shirked this responsibility with deadly results.

How does the state of Texas deal with negligent alcohol service? Well, the state legislature decided to enact liquor liability laws, known as dram shop law, that allows victims of drunk drivers to sue bars that illegally over-serve individuals that harm themselves or others as a result of their intoxication.

Taking into account this new information provided by the media reports, it sounds like there's a high likelihood a bar's involved in this incident. The suspected driver in this crash faces criminal charges. In order for victims to obtain justice, we as a community must ensure the bar that served this person is held to the consequences for breaking the law as well.

--Grossman Law Offices

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