Abel Orona Jr., Elida Hewtty Injured in Car Accident in Taylor, TX
Taylor, TX -- August 19, 2022, Abel Orona Jr. and Elida Hewtty were injured after an accident which may have involved an intoxicated driver.
Officials responded to the intersection of Highway 95/Main Street and FM 397/Carlos G. Parker Boulevard at around 6:14 p.m.
Investigators said that 41-year-old Abel Orona Jr. was in a Mazda CX-5 traveling northbound on Main street. Somehow, a vehicle hit Orona's vehicle from behind, pushing it into a Chevy Silverado in which details say Elida Hewtty was a passenger. The pickup then crashed into an oncoming car.
Due to the collision, Orona had incapacitating injuries while Hewtty was said to have non-incapacitating injuries. Police allege that alcohol was a factor in the crash. Additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Abel Orona Jr., Elida Hewtty Car Accident in Taylor
If it's true that alcohol was a factor here, there will likely be consequences for that driver to answer for. With that said, that's not where investigations end. Even with a drunk driver, than can be complex issues authorities tend to overlook. One common one is the fact alcohol providers can also be responsible for contributing to a crash. Why is that?
Simply put, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Bars, liquor stores, restaurants, gas stations--a business breaking the rules and getting folks hurt has to answer for their actions. Not only does this provide an opportunity for the victims and families to get help, but it also ensures negligent businesses are held accountable and clean up their act.
Like I said, I find too often that authorities don't look into this sort of thing. That's why tends to be a more prudent approach to ensure there are thorough investigations that will consider these possible factors as soon as possible.