• June 02, 2022

Nayla Betancourth Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on Mile 4 West Rd in Hidalgo County, TX

Hidalgo County, TX — April 6, 2022, 22-year-old Nayla Betancourth was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Mile 4 West Road in Hidalgo County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:00 a.m. on Mile 4 West near Mile 10 North. Preliminary investigation suggests Betancourth was driving a Ford Taurus north on the roadway when she lost control, possibly while texting her husband. The car left the road to the west into a ditch, then hit a drainage pipe.

Betancourth received serious injuries in the accident. Investigators noted she showed signs of impairment and consented to a blood draw. Blood tests later showed she had a BAC of .130 at the time of the crash.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Nayla Betancourth Accident in Hidalgo County

Tests seem to have confirmed that the victim of this accident was over the legal limit for intoxication when it happened. Some may think there's not much else to say about that, but there may be other implications to those test results. For instance, 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.

Nayla Betancourth Injured in Car Accident on Mile 4 West Rd in Hidalgo County, TX

If further investigations found that a licensed alcohol vendor over-served the victim prior to the accident, that business may be responsible for her injuries under dram shop law. It may then be expected to help her recover from the injuries she suffered while under the influence.

Dram shop law is a valuable but often-unknown tool to help people affected by DWI accidents--including the drivers themselves. 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 gets the help she deserves?

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