• September 20, 2022

Rose Maldonado Spillman Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident in Palo Pinto County, TX

Palo Pinto County, TX -- June 26, 2022, Rose Maldonado Spillman was killed due to an accident where Spillman's vehicle crashed off-road.

Investigations indicated that the crash took place along US 281 near mile marker 290 at around 7:43 a.m.

According to officials, 48-year-old Rose Maldonado Spillman was in a Ford Explorer traveling southbound on the highway. The vehicle drifted off the right side of the road where it crashed into a pole.

Due to the collision, Maldonado Spillman sustained fatal injuries. Statements from the authorities included an alleged .20 BAC test result. This and other factors require further investigation to confirm.

Commentary on Rose Maldonado Spillman Single-Vehicle Accident in Palo Pinto County

I just want to be clear that I take early details like these with a grain of salt until I see some actual evidence. I've had too many families come to me with police statements which investigations proved to be completely inaccurate. The same could prove true here. But even if alcohol was a factor, that doesn't mean all of this gets tossed to the side. There could still be crucial questions to answer. One the authorities tend to ignore is whether or not a local establishment illegally over-served the victim and contributed to the crash.

Rose Maldonado Spillman Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident in Palo Pinto County, TX

In Texas, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. This early in the morning, it's not unusual to find that someone drank at a bar the night prior only for the bar to serve them so much they're still intoxicated the following morning. Actions like that are clearly deadly, which is why dram shop gives victims and families the opportunity to hold such negligent establishments accountable for their actions.

Again, I can't say what did or didn't happen here. My goal is never to speculate. My goal is simply to shed light on these areas of the law so folks have the knowledge of what possible steps they have ahead of them.

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