Robert Hill, Edward Ontiveros Injured in Auto Accident on TX-3 in La Marque
UPDATE (June 7, 2022): The passenger injured in this accident was later identified as 20-year-old Edward Ontiveros.
La Marque, TX -- April 30, 2022, 20-year-old Robert Hill and his passenger were seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on State Highway 3 in La Marque.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:35 a.m. on Highway 3 near State Loop 197. Preliminary investigation suggests Hill was driving a Ford F-150 pickup north on the 4300 block of the highway, just past the Loop 197 intersection, when he lost control for unknown reasons. The pickup left the travel lanes and entered the grassy median, where it hit uneven terrain and overturned. The truck rolled multiple times before coming to rest upright.
Hill and his passenger, also 20 years old, both suffered serious injuries in the crash.
Investigators noted a belief that Hill was intoxicated at the time of the accident. Blood samples were collected for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Robert Hill Accident on TX-3 in La Marque
If blood tests confirm that alcohol consumption was involved here as police suspect, there may be further considerations to this crash--including whether a third party, one often overlooked after such accidents, should face consequences as well.
The law understands that someone can make a mistake while still considering whether anyone else played a part in the damage done. Texas dram shop law says alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages he causes or suffers while under the influence.
This law helps injured crash victims seek much-needed help after they're hurt by impaired drivers. Moreover, it makes sure businesses like bars and restaurants face consequences for endangering people with reckless over-service. Not every DWI accident involves a dram violation and most vendors follow the rules, but the ones who don't should be held accountable for what happens when they liquor up a customer and send them on their way.
So will police trace the alcohol back to its source in case a business broke the law? Probably not. They rarely look for dram shop violations despite how important it is to stop them. It often takes independent investigation to ensure bad bars are held properly accountable and injured victims get the help they need and deserve.