MCALLEN, TEXAS – 2014-04-05 —The McAllen Police Department is facing a big lawsuit, after a sergeant allegedly failed to prevent a drunk driver from getting behind the wheel.
Bars and clubs are sometimes sued after serving drinks to a customer involved in drunk driving accidents, but a case filed in March points to a McAllen police sergeant for failing to prevent a drunk driver from taking the life of an Edinburg man.
Two years ago, Jose Mata was taken from his wife and son, when police say Zulai Zamora rammed the back of his motorcycle at the intersection of Jackson Rd. and University Drive in Edinburg.
Court documents reveal Zamora left the Yacht Club in McAllen about one hour before the crash and had drank three drinks with whiskey and a Jell-O shot.
Zamora was reportedly pulled over shortly after leaving the Yacht Club by McAllen Police Sgt. Javier Coronado, but after a few minutes he sent on her back on her way home.
“She wasn’t issued anything, wasn’t taken in, Sgt Coronado told her to continue,” said Lino Ochoa who is representing Mata’s family.
Zamora testifies she then pulled into the Stripes on Nolana and McColl to get something to eat and that Coronado followed her and directed her to go across the street.
“She went because she was in fear of being arrested because she had just been drinking at the bar,” Ochoa said.
According to the petition, after Zamora left Stripes, the video surveillance on a bank ATM captured Zamora and Coronado parked in a church parking lot for about 15 minutes only 4-5 feet away from each other ….MORE