• September 20, 2022

Passenger in OHV Killed in Rollover Crash on FM 444 in Victoria County, TX

Victoria County, TX — July 17, 2022, an OHV's 19-year-old passenger was seriously injured in a rollover crash on FM 444 in Victoria County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:45 a.m. on FM 444 near Hubalek Road. Preliminary investigation suggests three 19-year-olds were traveling east on the roadway in a Can-Am off-highway vehicle (OHV) when the driver pulled onto the shoulder and started to turn around at too high a speed. The vehicle overturned and rolled, coming to rest with the front passenger pinned underneath.

The passenger suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital. The other two 19-year-olds were unhurt.

Investigators said they noticed signs of impairment in the OHV driver and he consented to provide a blood sample for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on OHV Accident on FM 444 in Victoria County

When I read about wrecks like this I sometimes wonder if law enforcement plans to invest the proper care into investigating them. It's all too easy both for the public and the police to just see a teen or young adult crash and blame the whole thing on youthful recklessness; furthermore, if investigators think the driver might have been impaired then they may pin all their efforts on underage DWI rather than considering all the possible explanations.

Am I saying this can't have happened because a teen screwed up? Not at all. That's kind of what they do, particularly as young adults when they feel most invincible. Moreover, if alcohol use is suspected at all then it's important to chase that lead to its conclusion--including finding out where the drinks came from. If a local business is a little too comfortable selling to people under 21 that behavior must be nipped in the bud as soon as possible.

Passenger in OHV Killed in Rollover Crash on FM 444 in Victoria County, TX

All I'm really saying is that it's important to keep an open mind and consider all the variables properly, at least until there's clear and decisive evidence of what went wrong. If a young man tried to U-turn too fast while illegally under the influence, so be it. However, if the OHV just slid off a bad patch of road and he was fighting to regain control of it, that would be a whole different story. It's best to find all the facts and let only them, not assumptions, tell the story.

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