TABC: Fort Worth Liquor Store Linked To Deadly Teen Crash
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Elena Lopez is grieving over the loss of her daughter Jeanette. “Without God, I don’t think I could have made it these last few days,” Lopez said with tears in her eyes.
Lopez spoke to the media Wednesday from the offices of her attorneys, Modjarrad and Abusaad Law Firm in Richardson.
Jeanette was a passenger in 17-year-old Ivan Torre’s gray pickup truck Friday when police say he swerved into oncoming traffic on Mitchell Boulevard in Fort Worth and struck another truck head on.
Torres and Lopez both died while a third teen was critically injured. “I just want to tell you that my daughter was a beautiful wonderful girl. She was very loving full of happiness, full of life,” said Lopez.
As a parent, Lopez wants answers as to who is at fault.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is investigating what led up to the deadly crash that took the teens lives.
TABC was tipped off by a student at Trimble Tech, where the students attended high school, that the teens purchased alcohol at a nearby store just hours before the crash.
“It was so important that one person stepped up,” said Lt. Gene Anderson with TABC. “This person decided to meet with law enforcement and show us exactly where they purchased at.”
TABC investigators say the teens purchased alcohol twice the day of the accident from the T Market convenience store in Fort Worth.
The tip triggered investigators to conducted a sting at the store Tuesday night. During the sting, a store clerk on duty sold alcohol to a minor.
That employee has been identified as 20-year-old David Nguyen. But investigators say they have not confirmed which employee sold to the minors last Friday.
Lopez says she is taking counsel from her attorneys and wants to know how much of a role the alcohol played in the tragic accident.
“I’m angry,” expressed Lopez. “I lost my baby girl. I’m angry at the store that would have risked the life of my daughter for a few bucks and risk the lives by selling to a minor.”
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