• May 30, 2017

Paul Acosta, One Killed in Accident on Interstate 20 in Arlington, TX

Arlington, TX -- A crash in the area of Arlington, Texas claimed the lives of Paul Acosta and an unidentified woman Monday, May 29, 2017.

The incident happened on Interstate 20 around 1:45 a.m.

According to police, the victims were involved in a previous single-vehicle crash. In that incident, the vehicle in which the two were occupants, collided with a guardrail. The vehicle then rolled, ejecting the male from the vehicle. The woman allegedly exited the vehicle, running in the direction of the ejected male. Within moments, the woman was struck and killed by a passing vehicle.

The vehicle that struck the woman left the scene, but the driver later contacted police, and was reportedly cooperative.

The male ejected from the vehicle was killed at the scene of the incident.

The investigation is currently underway.

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Commentary

I don't think it's unreasonable to investigate the possibility alcohol may have been a factor in this incident. Statistics show a great number of alcohol-related crashes take place between the hours of one and three a.m., due in part to the fact most bars close around 2:30 a.m. The incident also occurred on a major holiday, and as some may know, there's a tendency for higher numbers of alcohol-related crashes on holidays. However, this is only speculative at this time.

Why is this important? Well, if alcohol is a factor, there's a chance another party bears some responsibility in this crash. Under Texas liquor liability law, bars that illegally serve intoxicated patrons face potential liability when those patrons harm themselves or others as a result of their intoxication.

But, what if an investigation reveals the driver was at a backyard barbecue prior to the crash? Well, social hosts are typically not liable, except cases in which alcohol is provided to unrelated minors.

As stated above, I don't claim to have insider knowledge of this crash. At this time, this is merely speculation. But, in crashes involving the loss of life, all possibilities need ruled out before determining fault.

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