• May 30, 2017

El Paso, TX: Ricardo Bridges Killed, Two Injured in Accident near 3980 Global Reach Dr.

El Paso, TX -- Sunday, May 28, 2017: A crash in El Paso, Texas left Ricardo Bridges dead and two hurt Sunday, May 28, 2017.

The crash happened around 12:43 a.m. in the vicinity of 3980 Global Reach. Police officials say the vehicle occupied by the victims was headed south when it lost control, collided with the median, rolling over. The male driver, Mr. Bridges, was thrown from the vehicle, and was killed at the scene of the crash.

Two female passengers, ages 18 and 19, respectively, were hospitalized with injuries described as "serious." All three victims are yet to be identified.

The exact cause of the incident is unclear, but police say they believe alcohol was a factor.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Commentary

I say this not from an insider's perspective, but out of curiosity; what are the chances a bar served the driver in this crash? It's after midnight on one of the busier holiday weekends. Those two factors alone, not to mention the fact authorities are investigating the possibility alcohol was a factor, are pretty big clue-ins.

If an investigation shows alcohol involvement, the next question would be, where did the driver buy his booze? Texas liquor liability law allows victims and their families to sue bars that recklessly over-serve patrons that cause harm as a result of their drunkenness.

Many misread this law as an opportunity for drunk drivers to pass the responsibility for their actions on to another party. This is not, however, the case. Drivers in alcohol-related crashes face criminal and civil punishment, while dram law gives victims a tool to seek redress against establishments that enable drunk drivers.

Again, this is not insider information. As it stands, this is speculative. However, if an independent investigation reveals the driver was at a bar prior to the crash, that bar should face the consequences of breaking the law and enabling this crash.

--Grossman Law Offices

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