A woman was killed after being struck by a suspected drunk driver on Minnesota Road between Veterans Boulevard and Raul Longoria Road on Saturday night. The victim has been identified as 34-year-old Marlena Cantu.
Police responded to the scene of the crash at around 11:37 p.m. on Saturday. According to investigators, a 2001 Chevy Tahoe and a 2014 Ford were traveling in the same direction along Minnesota Road when the Chevy driver lost control of his vehicle and rear-ended the Ford.
The driver and a passenger in the Ford were rushed to a local hospital. Cantu, a San Juan resident, suffered major injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital. The passenger suffered minor injuries.
34-year-old Miguel Lopez was driving the Chevy and also suffered minor injuries. He was transported to the Hidalgo County Jail and faces charges of intoxication manslaughter, intoxication assault, and failure to stop and render aid.
Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety are continuing to investigate this crash.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan helps drunk driving crash victims and their families recover the full financial compensation they deserve after injuries or deaths caused in DUI crashes. Here is Marc with some information on the legal rights of these victims and families in Texas:
Drunk driving crashes often result in injuries and deaths of innocent victims. When these tragedies strike, it's important that victims and their families are aware of their legal options, including their right to financial compensation for damages like medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages, and loss of financial support.
Drunk drivers can be sued in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, but in some cases, the legal options for victims and families don't end here. In Texas and many other states, alcohol vendors can also be held liable for serving a customer who injures or kills others in a drunk driving crash. This is called a dram shop lawsuit.
According to the dram shop law in Texas, alcohol vendors can be held liable for injuries or deaths caused by a customer if the customer was either underage or "obviously" intoxicated and posing "a clear danger" to the safety of self and others, and the intoxication of this customer was a foreseeable cause of the injuries or death.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed after getting hit by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our experienced drunk driving injury victims lawyers.