• September 16, 2022

Jose Rodriguez Ortega Killed in Car Accident in Bee County, TX

Bee County, TX -- August 6, 2022, Jose Rodriguez Ortega was killed following an accident where Ortega's vehicle crashed off-road.

Investigators indicated that the incident took place at around 12:21 a.m. along US Highway 181 near mile marker 598.

Authorities said that 51-year-old Jose Rodriguez Ortega was in a Dodge Ram 2500 traveling southbound on the highway. For reasons yet to be confirmed, the vehicle veered off-road where it then overturned.

As a result of the crash, Rodriguez Ortega sustained fatal injuries. Authorities did not mention anyone else potentially involved in the crash. While they mentioned alcohol as a possibility, hey did not release any specific details.

Commentary on Jose Rodriguez Ortega Car Accident in Bee County

I know folks see any mention of alcohol as immediate proof the victim was being reckless and got themselves killed. To be clear up front, I've seen countless times where police brought up alcohol just because it's common. Further investigations could show that anything from a tire blowout to medical conditions to manufacturing defects led to this crash. Jumping to conclusions isn't going to help anyone.

Jose Rodriguez Ortega Killed in Car Accident in Bee County, TX

But even if alcohol was a factor, that's no reason to ignore the family left behind in need of help. In fact, that could even mean some local business out there contributed to this tragedy. Due to dram shop law, an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Is that part of the investigations here, or will getting this man's loved ones answers mean ensuring there are more thorough independent accident reconstructions?

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