Bobby Spillers Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash on FM 457 in Matagorda County, TX
Matagorda County, TX — August 8, 2022, 43-year-old Bobby Spillers was injured in a single-vehicle crash on Farm to Market Road 457 in Matagorda County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:20 a.m. on FM 457 near FM 2540. Preliminary investigation suggests Spillers was driving a Hummer H-3 southeast on the roadway, allegedly at speeds too high to negotiate a curve. The Hummer ran off the north side of the road and crashed through a property fence.
Spillers suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to an area hospital. Investigators suspected he may have been under the influence of alcohol.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Bobby Spillers Accident in Matagorda County
If police think alcohol use was a factor in this crash they should seek proof, which usually means either drawing blood for testing or getting the victim's hospital records to see his bloodwork results. Preliminary reports don't mention whether either of those happened here, but neither would surprise me.
If clear evidence ultimately confirms that the suspect was impaired then some might think the only thing left is to charge him accordingly, but there could be more to look into--including ways to help him get back on his feet. For example, if a local alcohol provider over-served the victim and got him too drunk to operate his vehicle correctly, that business may be responsible for his injuries under Texas dram shop law.
However, it's important to remember that alcohol is just a theory unless clear evidence says otherwise. If police have already made up their minds and don't plan to look past drunk driving (including checking for a dram shop violation), maybe independent investigators should have another look to be sure the whole story is learned and the victim gets all the help he deserves.