• August 18, 2022

One Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash on Upper Liveoak Rd in Gillespie County, TX

Gillespie County, TX — April 17, 2022, a 37-year-old man died in a single-vehicle accident on Upper Liveoak Road in Gillespie County.

According to reports the incident happened around 3:00 p.m. on Upper Liveoak near U.S. Highway 290. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford F-250 pickup truck was headed south on the roadway when the driver drifted partway into the east bar ditch. He over-corrected course and the truck began to spin through the road, then hit a tree by the west bar ditch. It came to rest on its driver's side partially on the road.

The truck's driver suffered fatal injuries in the crash. A passenger in the pickup, 67-year-old Ruben Aguilar, reportedly sustained minor injuries.

Investigators collected blood samples from the driver for testing, which showed he had a BAC of .103 at the time of the crash. When interviewed, Aguilar told officers the two men were driving into town and the victim was "test-driving" the pickup.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Gillespie County Accident on Upper Liveoak Rd

If a driver crashes while under the influence of alcohol, law enforcement rarely goes further than figuring out how drunk they were with blood tests and then charging them if possible. Folks tend to think that's all there is to it, but the source of the alcohol should also be identified. Why? Because under Texas dram shop law any business that provided the driver with too many drinks may be liable for his fatal injuries.

Driver Killed in Crash on Upper Liveoak Rd in Gillespie County, TX

If someone is sold or served alcohol by a licensed vendor (bar, club, restaurant, store, etc) despite being obviously intoxicated, the law may see that business as partly responsible for any damage their over-intoxicated customer causes or suffers. It's hard to say whether someone with a BAC just a little over the legal limit would have shown signs of intoxication, but it at least merits further investigation in case a business is endangering its customers and community.

Unfortunately police don't often look into dram shop violations. Instead it often takes independent investigations to find proof, and that could be the case here as well. At the very least, it's important that the victim's loved ones get the whole story. Any steps beyond that would depend on what the story turns out to be.

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