Taqueria’s Alcoholic License Suspended After Serving Minor Before Fatal Crash
The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control suspended
the alcohol license of a taco shop in Salinas Thursday after finding that
they served a minor alcohol before he died in a car crash.
Tacos Acambaro, located at 631 East Alvin Drive, cannot sell or
serve alcohol for 30 days, the result of an ABC investigation that revealed
that 20-year-old Abraham Requena, along with four others who were underage,
were served beer by a manager and a waitress there, ABC officials said.
The manager, 44-year-old Fernando Hernandez, and the waitress,
31-year-old Ashley Cadena, are under investigation by the ABC and Monterey
County District Attorney’s Office for selling alcohol to minors.
On either the night of Jan. 29, 2017, or the early morning of Jan.
30, Requena was successful in purchasing alcohol, was served and consumed the
alcohol at the restaurant. After leaving, he was involved a single-car crash
that took his life, ABC officials said.
Salinas police said the crash took place on East Boronda Road,
where Requena was speeding and lost control of the vehicle. His 2015 Lexus
IS350 spun out of control, hit a curb and then struck a tree head-on.
After the vehicle spun around and hit another tree, it erupted
into flames, police said.
ABC worked with Salinas police to eventually determine where
Requena got the alcohol.
The Target Responsibility for Alcohol-Connected Emergencies
program, which was utilized to solve this case, is designed to determine the
sources of alcohol served to people under 21 who are involved in car crashes,
assaults, alcohol poisonings, overdoses or other cases that involve death or