Marianna Vences-Ortiz Injured in Bell County, TX Single-Vehicle Accident
Bell County, TX — July 2, 2022, 32-year-old Marianna Vences-Ortiz was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Solana Ranch Road in Bell County.
According to reports the incident happened around 3:40 a.m. on Solana Ranch near Dos Hermanas Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Vences-Ortiz was driving a Nissan Rogue north on the roadway when she lost control for unknown reasons. The car swerved left, then hit a barbed wire fence and a tree.
Vences-Ortiz suffered serious injuries in the wreck. A 22-year-old passenger in the Nissan reportedly received minor injuries. Both were transported to an area hospital.
Investigators believe Vences-Ortiz was under the influence of alcohol and planned to obtain her treatment records as part of a DWI investigation.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Marianna Vences-Ortiz Accident in Bell County
Any time authorities bring up alcohol as a possible factor it deserves serious consideration. Having said that, I don't want to preach about the evils of alcohol or wag a judgmental finger at allegedly-intoxicated drivers. Folks generally understand the dangers of drunk driving without a sermon from me, and quite frankly the authorities tend to focus more on possible charges they could file rather than actually helping the people involved.
That's why I focus my attention and my blog on lesser-known or underutilized areas of the law like dram shop law. It says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries they cause--even to themselves--while under the influence.
Since dram shop can get people some much-needed help and hold a negligent business accountable for its part in someone's injuries, why doesn't it get more attention? It frustrates me to think about how many people could have held a reckless business responsible for over-service but never knew they had the right to.
I'm not pointing any fingers at specific Bell County businesses here. Besides, right now alcohol is just an unproven theory. If the driver's hospital records confirm it, though, it's important to find the alcohol's source and take any needed action. Dram shop violations are an issue that law enforcement should pay more attention to and the public should know more about.