• June 05, 2017

Nine Hurt in Accident on Galveston Road in Houston, TX

Galveston, TX -- A head-on collision in the area of Houston, Texas left nine people, including seven children, with injuries Monday, June 5, 2017.

The incident happened on Galveston Road in the vicinity of South Shaver Street. According to reports, it appears two vehicles, an SUV and a passenger car, collided head-on, leaving nine people with injuries. According to the report, a white Cadillac pulled up following the crash. The occupants of the passenger car that crossed the center line got into the Cadillac and left the scene.

They showed up at a hospital a short time later with injuries.

Police say they believe the driver of the passenger car, 25-year-old Elmer Jose Sandoval, was intoxicated at the time of the incident. He faces several charges in the incident.

The investigation is ongoing.

map of the area

Commentary

It's only speculation, but considering Houston's high propensity for drunk driving accidents, the fact that most head-on collisions are alcohol-related, and the late hour the crash allegedly took place, it's no great stretch to see where alcohol may have contributed.

It also doesn't help the suspected driver's case that they fled the scene of the incident before police arrived. While I don't claim to have insider information on this crash, I wouldn't be surprised if alcohol was involved.

I, for one, am curious to see what a more thorough investigation reveals. Further, I'm curious to know from where the driver got his booze.

Why does this matter? Well, if a bar was involved, that bar may be considered, in part, responsible for damages in this crash. According to Texas law, bars that illegally over-serve obviously intoxicated driver can be sued by victims harmed as a result of that driver's intoxication.

Again, it's too early so say what took place prior to this crash. With hope, a more in-depth investigation into the crash will rule out all possibilities. For justice to be served, all those responsible in this crash should face the consequences of their actions.

--Grossman Law Offices

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