Marlon Zelaya Orellana Killed in Alleged Drunk Driver Accident in Round Rock, TX
Round Rock, TX -- September 25, 2022, Marlon Zelaya Orellana was killed following an accident where an alleged drunk driver hit Orellana.
Authorities were called to the scene at around 2:30 a.m. The incident occurred near the intersection of the northbound I-35 frontage road and Old Settlers Boulevard.
It appears that 27-year-old Marlon Zelaya Orellana was walking at the time when a vehicle struck him, causing fatal injuries. The driver was said to be 19-year-old Michael Lineberry. Authorities allege that Lineberry was intoxicated at the time. Additional details have yet to be confirmed.
Commentary on Marlon Zelaya Orellana Alleged Drunk Driver Accident in Round Rock
It's just devastating anytime alcohol contributes to a deadly accident, but if these allegations are true, then this seems to be far more concerning than other incidents. The possible of a teenager being drunk is not one to take lightly. At that point, it's not just about seeing a driver answer for their actions. There could also be a local business responsible for what happened here.
Let me give an example. A while back, there was a deadly wreck in the Houston area which killed a couple of teenagers, and the teen driver was drunk. He was only 17, but investigators found out that a local store sold him the alcohol. This is important for two big reasons. One, obviously, is that it's illegal to serve someone who's underage. Furthermore, though, investigating the alcohol provider could show they're liable for the crash itself under dram shop law.
Dram shop law basically says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. If something like that happened here, then finding that business and making them answer for their actions would be crucial. Otherwise, that business could simply continuing over-serving people and serving teens until someone else got hurt.
Again, I can't confirm anything in these reports, and all of this requires far more thorough investigations. But with details like these, any time spent not getting clear answers for the victim's loved ones is time wasted.