• May 23, 2022

Hilario Nayola Killed in Car Accident on River Road in Comal County, TX

Comal County, TX -- May 4, 2022, 43-year-old Hilario Nayola was killed in a single-vehicle accident on River Road in Comal County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:10 p.m. on River Road near Farm to Market Road 2673. Preliminary investigation suggests Nayola was driving a Chevrolet Traverse north on River when he allegedly failed to maintain a single lane. The Chevy left the road to the west, hit a tree, and spun out into a nearby pasture. It then caught fire and soon became fully engulfed.

Nayola suffered fatal injuries in the wreck.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Hilario Nayola Accident on River Road in Comal County

Police think speeding was a key factor in this crash, but also that alcohol consumption may have been involved. Some readers may have thought the same thing after seeing the crash description, but as always it's best not to jump to conclusions.

At this point no one can say for certain what specifically caused the wreck or the victim's tragically-fatal injuries. For all anyone knows it could have been something far more unusual than drinking or speeding. Mechanical problems in the vehicle, loose gravel or water on the road, wildlife running into the SUV's path, or even some kind of incapacitating health problem could all have contributed, and that's just a few possibilities of many.

Hilario Nayola Killed in Car Accident on River Road in Comal County, TX

I don't mean to overcomplicate things here. Further investigation could reveal the wreck really boils down to speeding as police suspect, or alcohol could have played a role as they also noted. If that second suspicion turns out to be right (meaning it's proven by clear evidence), that could add further wrinkles to the investigation since police should find out whether a local business violated dram shop law and would then be legally responsible for the victim's injuries. In the meantime, though, I hope they don't focus so much on those theories that they fail to thoroughly investigate in search of the whole story. The victim deserves the benefit of the doubt unless objective evidence says otherwise. Depending on what that evidence looks like, any further steps could then be determined.

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