A July 25th car accident near Houston killed two teenaged girls and had resulted in two arrests so far, with more likely to come. Two 16-year-olds, Salma Gomez and Chloe Robison, were killed after Gumaro Munoz Campos, a clerk at the Humble Handi Stop, sold them and their 17-year-old friend Jaggar Clayton Smith four bottles of MadDog 20/20 without checking for identification.
The three of them drank the alcohol, then Smith got behind the wheel and lost control of his car, hitting a tree just 2.8 miles from where they had been sold the alcohol. The crash was so violent that it split the vehicle in half. Smith has been charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter, while Campos has been charged with one count of an alcoholic beverage to a minor.
The Houston car accident is just the latest in a series of drunk-driving crashes that have driven law enforcement to take drastic measures. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission are responding to a frightening statistic: according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Houston leads the state in fatal DUI crashes. This is particularly disturbing when keeping in mind that Texas leads the nation in fatal drunk driving crashes and fatalities.
Houston Car Accident Leads to Action Against Store that Sold Alcohol
The actions that the District Attorney is taking in this incident are reminiscent of what they did in another recent Houston car accident that killed a 36-year-old woman and her infant son. In that case, authorities arrested a bartender and others for failing to check IDs, as well as for knowingly purchasing and providing alcohol to a minor.
As the state cracks down on establishments that knowingly sell alcohol to underaged buyers or those who are clearly drunk, civil lawsuits are also being pursued by personal injury attorneys representing those who have been hurt or who have lost loved ones.