• October 17, 2022

Obinna Ugbonta Killed, Nnenna Ugbonta Injured in Alleged Intoxicated Driver Accident in Harris County, TX; Michael Tinubu Charged

UPDATE (November 3, 2022): Details say that another person was hurt in the accident. They were identified as Nnenna Ugbonta. Information also clarified certain details surrounding the incident. They say that Nnenna and Obinna Ugbonta were pedestrians when a vehicle hit them, killing Obinna Ugbonta. Police say the driver was Michael Tinubu, who was allegedly intoxicated at the time. This and other information remains under investigation.

Harris County, TX -- October 15, 2022, Obinna Ugbonta was killed after an accident which allegedly involved intoxicated driving.

Harris County officials did not release specifics surrounding the accident. Their statements say only that Obinna Charles Ugbonta sustained fatal injuries due to an accident, allegedly involving Michael Oluwatobi Tinubu. Police say Tinubu currently faces a charge of intoxication manslaughter in connection with the accident. Additional details are unavailable at this time.

Commentary on Obinna Ugbonta Alleged Intoxicated Driver Accident in Harris County

It's not my place to sit here and speculate about criminal charges someone may face. What is important to address, however, is the complex path that often follows incidents like the one described here for the victim's loved ones. Despite how common this kind of thing is in Harris County, few people understand that allegations of intoxicated driving must be followed with investigations into whether or not any accomplices contributed to the incident.

Obinna Ugbonta Killed in Alleged Intoxicated Driver Accident in Harris County, TX

Simply put, a lot of incidents like this involve drunk drivers. When that's the case, investigators need to find out where the driver got their alcohol and if that establishment illegally over-served the driver. If they serve someone who's obviously intoxicated, and that leads to someone getting hurt, the establishment can be liable under dram shop law for their role in the accident.

Like I said, I can't say if anything like that happened here without knowing more information. From experience, though, it would be irresponsible not to consider every possible route to get the victim's loved ones the answers and the resolution they deserve. Charges alone aren't likely to achieve that.

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