• May 24, 2022

Mario Trevino Injured in Motorcycle Accident on Johnston Avenue in Kingsville, TX

Kingsville, TX -- May 9, 2022, 52-year-old Mario Trevino was injured in a motorcycle accident on East Johnston Avenue in Kleberg County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 12:45 a.m. on the 1100 block of Johnston Ave near South 15th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Trevino was riding a Yamaha motorcycle west on Johnston when he approached a legally-parked Toyota Camry on the south side of the street. Reports say Trevino veered off-course and his motorcycle crashed into the front of the unoccupied vehicle.

Trevino suffered serious injuries in the crash. Investigators noted smelling alcohol on his breath at the scene and said a DWI investigation would be completed.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Mario Trevino Accident on Johnston Ave in Kingsville

Reports say alcohol consumption may have been a factor here. Given the way the crash happened and police allegedly smelling alcohol, that seems like a reasonable suspicion. However, it will take more than that to turn a theory into a fact. In pursuit of proof investigators usually collect blood samples from the suspect or subpoena their hospital treatment records. Reports don't mention either step being taken but neither would surprise me.

Mario Trevino Injured in Motorcycle Accident on Johnston Avenue in Kingsville, TX

If either of those measures confirmed alcohol was a significant factor, it would also be important to find out where the drinks came from. In many cases it's learned a victim in a crash like this recently left a bar or other business that served them too many drinks. That over-service is actually illegal if the business' staff could tell their customer was past his limits, so if they kept bringing him more anyway they violated dram shop law. In that event the business may be liable for the injuries their over-served customer suffered while under the influence.

Having said that, I want to be clear that intoxication is just a theory unless clear evidence is found that proves it. It's important not to lose sight of other possible explanations in the meantime. Anything from wet roads to vehicle malfunctions to simply getting distracted by a cell phone at a bad time could have been behind the accident, and I'm not making any accusations otherwise--just talking about an important issue that often comes up after wrecks like this. The most important thing right now is to be thorough and gather all the facts. Any other steps would depend on what those facts turn out to be.

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