• July 18, 2017

Kevin Andrade Killed in McAllen, TX, Drunk Driving Accident

McAllen, TX -- July 15, 2017, Kevin Andrade was killed and Leonel Martinez faces charges following an accident allegedly caused by drunk driving.

Authorities from the McAllen Police reported that the fatal crash happened in the early morning hours of Saturday, around 2:20 a.m., at the intersection of Business 83 and 15th Street.

According to police officials, 29-year-old Martinez was driving through the intersection at the time when his vehicle collided into another being driven by 21-year-old Andrade.

Andrade sustained critical injuries in the accident and was taken to a nearby hospital. He later died there. Police places Martinez under arrest, and he currently faces charges of intoxication manslaughter and accident involving death.

No further details have been released at this time.

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Commentary

It's an unfortunate reality that the Rio grand Valley is lousy with drunk driving. For its population, drunk driving accidents, fatal and otherwise, are more common there than they are in Houston. One reason for this could be that restaurants and other alcohol retailers ignore what they consider to be an unimportant law: don't over-serve your customers.

In Texas, dram shop law states that a licensed alcohol vendor which over-serves alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer can be held liable for damages resulting from that person's intoxication. This means that a reasonable server should be able to recognize when someone has had too much to drink and cut them off rather than giving them more. Unfortunately, this doesn't happen very often. Many servers ignore this law and continue to serve their customer despite not only breaking the law but also putting that person's life and the lives of others at risk.

Just as drunk drivers face consequences for their actions, so to should the vendors who disregard the law and contribute to such accidents. This is dram shop law gives victims and their families to confront these negligent businesses and get the justice that they deserve. We want all alcohol retailers to get the message that if they serve obviously intoxicated customers, they're going to pay.

--Grossman Law Offices

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