September 5, 2022 – Christopher Ali Vassef, 38, and Leonora Naomi Soriano, 39, were killed in a four-car crash in Taylor, Texas, after being hit by a Dodge pickup truck. Officers were dispatched to FM 973 and Carlos Park Boulevard around 6:16 a.m., where they discovered Vassef and Soriano, along with their Toyota Avalon, as well as John Crayton Jr., 40, and his truck. According to investigators, the driver of the Dodge truck ran a red light and collided with Vassef’s vehicle. 2 other vehicles were reportedly involved in the accident, but details were not specified. Crayton was reportedly intoxicated at the time of the accident and was arrested and charged with a second-degree felony, intoxication manslaughter. There is currently no other information available, according to authorities.
Drunk Driver’s frequently run a red light and cause an accident. When alcohol appears to be the cause of a crash, a thorough investigation is required to preserve evidence and determine if the driver became intoxicated at an establishment. It is critical to determine this early on so that authorities can collect things like video surveillance before it is deleted or destroyed. If it is determined that an establishment was involved in overserving a customer prior to this accident, the family may be able to seek Dram Shop compensation for their loved one’s death. Texas legislators determined that if an alcohol provider (bar, restaurant, event center, or store) sells to an obviously intoxicated person, the establishment may be held liable for injuries or death caused by overserving the customer. To ensure that the evidence is discovered and preserved, a thorough investigation is required. During this difficult time, a third party may be required to provide support and guidance to a family. This may be the only way to help families while also putting a stop to criminal behavior caused by bad bars and restaurants.