Maria de Obregon Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on Pecan Dr in Bell County, TX
Bell County, TX -- March 15, 2022, 55-year-old Maria de Obregon was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Pecan Drive in Bell County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:45 a.m. on Pecan Drive near Sherwood Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Ford Focus south on the roadway when she allegedly failed to negotiate a right-hand curve. The Ford entered a side-skid and hit a steel post on the roadside. It then spun out and came to rest in a ditch.
Mari de Obregon suffered critical injuries in the accident. She was taken to an area hospital where she died a short time later. Testing later revealed that she had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .199 at the time of the accident.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Maria de Obregon Accident on Pecan Dr in Bell County
Tests seem to have confirmed that the victim of this accident was over the legal limit for intoxication when it happened. Some may feel there's not much else to say about that due to her tragic passing, but they may not realize there are other implications to those test results. For instance, many drunk drivers have "accomplices" of sorts that often escape any responsibility for their role in these crashes. With that in mind police should also find out where the victim drank that night before her accident.
Texas and many other states broaden the responsibility for DWI wrecks beyond the drivers to sometimes include the businesses that sold or served them drinks. If further investigations determine a licensed alcohol vendor over-served the victim prior to the accident, that business may be responsible for her death under dram shop law. It may then be expected to make whatever amends it could to the victim's family and anyone else hurt by its reckless over-service.
Dram shop law is a valuable but often-unknown tool to help people affected by DWI accidents. Moreover, it teaches negligent businesses that making a few more bucks is never worth the risk it poses to public safety. Will the authorities look into the possibility of a dram shop violation here, or would an independent investigation better ensure the victim's family gets the help and justice they deserve?