Vilma Yessenia Gonzalez Oliva Killed, 4 Injured in Car Accident in Maverick County, TX
Maverick County, TX -- September 3, 2022, Vilma Yessenia Gonzalez Oliva was killed and four were hurt after an accident possibly involving intoxicated driving.
Initial details said that the incident happened at around 10:50 p.m. along US Highway 277 near mile marker 598.
It appears that 20-year-old Vilma Yessenia Gonzalez Oliva was standing outside a vehicle along the side of the road with four others, including two children. While there, a vehicle going southbound on the highway somehow hydroplaned, causing it to careen off-road. Doing so, the vehicle hit Gonzalez Oliva and the other pedestrians.
Gonzalez Oliva died as a result of the collision. The other four victims had injuries said to be incapacitating. Right now, police say unsafe speeds and potentially alcohol were factors in the crash.
Commentary on Vilma Gonzalez Oliva Car Accident in Maverick County
It's not clear right now if alcohol was indeed a factor here, but it could change things significantly if it was. While folks may think it's as simple as holding the intoxicated driver accountable, they're not always the only ones who did something wrong. Many families lose loved ones in part because a local alcohol provider illegally over-served someone, and dram shop gives them the right to confront those businesses.
Put simply, 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, and even gas stations must answer for their actions when they get people hurt and killed. If alcohol was a factor here, it would be outright irresponsible not to look into these possibilities as soon as possible. Are those steps being taken?