• September 23, 2022

Marco Tabasco Killed in Rollover Accident on US-77 near Robstown, TX

Robstown, TX — September 22, 2022, 23-year-old Marco Tabasco died in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 77 near Robstown.

Authorities say the incident happened around 12:15 a.m. on US-77. Preliminary investigation suggests Tabasco was driving a Honda Civic along the roadway, possibly at high speeds, when he lost control and went off-course for unknown reasons. He then over-corrected and the car overturned, then rolled one or more times before coming to rest.

Tabasco was ejected during the rollover and suffered fatal injuries.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Marco Tabasco Accident near Robstown

With a crash like this, folks tend to just assume police will handle things and that's all there is to it. Ideally that's exactly what would happen, but it's important to keep in mind that police are typically not solely crash investigators. Depending on the department size and funding the same officers may be expected to wear many hats. They have numerous priorities, and may not have the luxury of devoting all the time they need to properly investigate even single-vehicle crashes--which may be more complex than they seem on the surface, depending on their cause.

For instance, an early-morning single-vehicle wreck like this one may have police looking into whether the driver might have been impaired. Note that I'm making no accusations, just stating that part of the investigation may be requesting toxicology tests--even if that just rules alcohol out as a possibility. If the opposite happens and police learn the driver was impaired, however, then there may be further issues to address if a local bar violated Texas dram shop law and is therefore partly responsible for the victim's tragic injuries.

All in all the crash near Robstown may be challenging if officers are struggling with limited resources and other things competing for their attention. It's important for people affected by such accidents to understand the shortcomings of police investigations so they can take steps to pick up where law enforcement sometimes has to leave off.

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