ATASCOCITA, Texas (FOX 26) - The parents of two Atascocita High School students who died in a suspected drunk driving crash in July have filed wrongful death lawsuits against a convenience store, the clerk and the teen driver.
Chloe Robinson and Salma Gomez died July 25, 2018, in Humble when the car they were in crashed into a tree. Investigators say the teen driver, Jaggar Smith, admitted to drinking a bottle of MD 20/20 the night of the crash. Smith has been charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter.
The lawsuit focuses on Humble Handi Stop, where authorities say the teen bought the alcohol, and the store clerk Gumaro Munoz Campos, who allegedly sold the alcohol to the 17-year-old suspect without verifying his age.
After a TABC investigation, Campos was charged with selling alcohol to a minor.
“The Harris County District Attorney has taken positive steps to address the conduct of the store clerk in the criminal courts. These families are making sure the store itself is held responsible for allowing
this type of conduct to endanger our community as a whole. It is time stores like this who sell to minors are held responsible for their lack of policies or oversight,” says Randy Sorrels, the lawyer for Chloe Robinson's family.
The lawyer for Salma Gomez's family, Jason C. Webster, commented, “As a community we do not need more laws. We need to enforce the laws on the books. The defendants in this case sold alcohol to minors which resulted in the deaths of our clients. Humble Handi Stop could have prevented this senseless tragedy by following the law, checking identification and refusing to sell. That did not occur and they will be held responsible.”