ARLINGTON, TX (04/19/2014) — Police are investigating the death of an Arlington high school girl who died after she fell out of a moving SUV and was run over by the same car.
Lelys Leyva-Monreal was in a car with her friends, heading back home after a night out at a Dallas club. The teen was allegedly arguing with her boyfriend in the backseat shortly before she got out of the moving vehicle via an open window. One of her friends tried to pull her back into the car to stop her from getting out through the window, but was unsuccessful. Leyva-Monreal struck her head, and part of her body was ran over by the SUV. The driver initially stopped, but left the scene of the accident before help arrived.
A convenience store clerk who witnessed the accident called 911. However, the teen succumbed to her injuries shortly after and died at the hospital. Police believe that alcohol may have played a role in the teen’s death. Additionally, it’s alleged that the group of 5 people had also been doing drugs and that they had gained entry into nightclubs that evening illegally given their ages. If this turns out to be true, it’s possible that the nightclub which served them drinks could be named in an impending lawsuit if Lelys’ parents decide to sue.
Lelys Leyva-Monreal’s parents described her as a person who had many aspirations and as someone who loved life. They added that she had a group of close friends and was always there when they needed her.
The driver of the SUV remains unnamed, hasn’t been charged, and is reportedly cooperating with police. The police are currently carrying out investigations to determine the key players in the accident. Additionally, they are looking to find out who, if anyone, provided the teens with alcohol and/or drugs.
Dram Shop Laws And Car Accidents
Existing Texas dram shop laws give families of deceased victims the right to sue negligent alcohol providers. Establishments which serve alcohol to minors may be held responsible for accidents which happen as a result of alcohol intoxication. To read more about Texas dram shop law, follow this link: Texas Dram Shop Law 101.