• September 27, 2022

Daniel Olivarez Killed in Auto Accident on Brown Tract Rd near Rio Hondo, TX

Rio Hondo, TX — September 23, 2022, 25-year-old Daniel Olivarez died in a collision with a suspected drunk driver on Brown Tract Road near Rio Hondo.

Authorities say the incident happened around 11:15 p.m. along East Brown Tract Road at Farm to Market Road 106. Preliminary investigation suggests that a woman in a Mitsubishi Mirage was southbound on Brown Tract when she allegedly disregarded a stop sign at FM 106. The car entered the intersection and crashed into Olivarez' eastbound Dodge Ram.

Olivarez suffered critical injuries in the crash. He was taken to an area hospital where he died a short time later. The Mitsubishi driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries.

Authorities suspected the woman was under the influence of alcohol and are pursuing a search warrant to collect blood samples for testing.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Daniel Olivarez Accident near Rio Hondo

If blood tests confirm alcohol was involved here as police think, some may think that just means the alleged drunk driver will be charged accordingly. Naturally that part's important, since people willing to put themselves and others at risk that way should face proper consequences.

Having said that, it stands to reason that anyone else responsible for the accident should also face repercussions. People tend to come down hard on drunk drivers, and rightly so, but what about the bars and other businesses that get them that way? Texas dram shop law holds alcohol providers that over-serve their customers liable for injuries they cause or suffer while under the influence.

Daniel Olivarez Killed in Auto Accident on Brown Tract Rd near Rio Hondo, TX

Anyone hurt in one of these accidents, whether they're a crash victim or a grieving family who lost someone to a drunk driver, deserves whatever assistance they can get with the difficult road ahead. A dram shop claim against a negligent bar is one way to get some help, and it also makes sure the offending business faces consequences for its negligent and illegal behavior.

Unfortunately, despite how important it is to keep bad bars from putting people at risk police don't spend much time on dram violations. If a bar or other vendor may have contributed to the Rio Hondo crash then it may be better to seek proof of that independently with the right allies' help.

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