• May 17, 2022

Dominic Noyola Killed in Auto Accident on Filly Road in Hockley County, TX

Hockley County, TX -- May 14, 2022, 27-year-old Dominic Noyola was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Filly Road in Hockley County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:45 p.m. on eastbound Filly Road between Lovebird and Hummingbird roads. Preliminary investigation suggests Noyola was driving east when his vehicle drifted off the road for unknown reasons. Part of it entered a steep ditch on the south side of the road and it overturned, coming to rest on its passenger side.

Noyola, reportedly not wearing a seat belt, suffered fatal injuries in the crash.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Dominic Noyola Accident on Filly Road in Hockley County

Some folks may read the few details of this accident and jump to some conclusions about what happened. After many single-vehicle wrecks they're ready to blame one or more common causes--things like speeding, sleepy driving, or distraction from a cell phone. Cynics might even try to blame intoxication, which investigators often find was a factor in similar crashes.

Dominic Noyola Killed in Auto Accident on Filly Road in Hockley County, TX

I'm not personally suggesting alcohol was involved in this accident, but impairment is common enough that police will probably at least consider that possibility. It's also important to look into that since a local business may have violated Texas dram shop law by over-serving the driver. If so that business should be held accountable for endangering its customer and the public.

However, alcohol should only be one of many things investigators check. There are also less-common but still important factors to consider like vehicular failures, tire blowouts, hazardous road or weather conditions, or even other drivers involved in the crash that left the area without stopping or rendering aid.

Until all the facts are found through a thorough reconstruction of the scene and additional sources of information like eyewitness statements and forensic data, it's important to be patient and not jump to conclusions. At the very least, the victim's loved ones deserve to know all care was taken to learn the truth.

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