LAKE WORTH, Tex. — Dylan Molina crashed his drunken car into the car of Euless police detective Alex Cervantes in November 2021, killing the father and seriously hurting his wife and two children.
Investigators found that Molina had drunk eight double vodka cocktails in less than three hours at a Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Lake Worth. His blood alcohol content (BAC) was twice the legal limit. Police said he went through a red light and hit Detective Cervantes, who was driving with his family and was not on duty. Molina admitted to killing someone while drunk and hitting three other people while drunk.
As part of the plea deal, Tarrant County Judge Tamla Ray gave Molina 15 years for intoxication manslaughter and ten years for each intoxication assault charge. All of these sentences will happen simultaneously so that Molina will do all his time simultaneously.
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Now, Cala Richardson, a bartender who is 26 years old, has been charged with giving Molina too much. Richardson was the bartender at Fuzzy’s when Molina was there. He is charged with one count of sale to particular persons, a class A misdemeanor that can get him up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission says it is against the law to sell alcohol to someone already drunk. There aren’t likely to be any more arrests in this case, but TABC is still looking into it. On Tuesday, Lake Worth police showed the public a security video from Fuzzy’s that they got as part of their case against Molina.
It shows Molina coming out of a door behind the bar that investigators say only employees were allowed to use. Richardson can see him walking behind the bar when he looks for him. She tells him to return to his seat and come around the bar.
Molina is seen falling onto a stool behind the bar as he tries to do what he is told. Then, Richardson is seen helping Molina stand up. He returns to the other side of the bar, and Richardson goes through the door behind the bar and out of sight.
Then, Molina puts his drink on the bar and walks to his car. He runs into the Cervantes family a few minutes later. Richardson leaves the bar, and when he returns, Molina is no longer there. She looks into the parking lot and takes his drink from the bar.
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Lake Worth Police Chief J.T. Manoushagian said, “He couldn’t stand up, he was behind the bar, and he was in places he shouldn’t have been.” Manoushagian told WFAA that Richardson should have done more after seeing Molina in such bad shape.
“The signs that he displayed, should have been an indicator that he was not safe to walk away from that building,” Manoushagian said. “This is a stark reminder of what can happen when we ignore those signs.”
Richardson told police she didn’t think Molina was drunk until he was behind the bar and stumbling just before he left.