Hilario Maldonado Injured in Auto Accident on FM 1419 in Brownsville, TX
Brownsville, TX — September 2, 2022, 61-year-old Hilario Maldonado was seriously injured in a crash with a police vehicle on FM 1419 in Brownsville.
Authorities say the incident happened around 9:50 p.m. on FM 1419 at Maverick Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Maldonado was driving a Chevy S10 pickup truck south on the roadway when he started to turn left onto Maverick Road. While turning he allegedly failed to yield to a state trooper in a northbound police Chevy Tahoe. The pickup and the SUV crashed at an offset, causing the Tahoe to run off the road and roll into a fence on a nearby property.
Maldonado suffered serious injuries in the wreck. A passenger in the pickup and the state trooper both reportedly received non-incapacitating injuries.
When interviewed Maldonado said he looked away to locate his driver's license. Investigators believe he had been drinking and ordered toxicology reports.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Hilario Maldonado Accident in Brownsville
Police think the injured man may have been impaired by alcohol when he crashed with the trooper. Many cases where a turning driver fails to yield are due to alcohol, but before anyone considers a simple suspicion to be the same as proven fact, it's important to find out whether there's more to the story.
Do things have to be more complicated than police think? Of course not; experience has just taught me they often are and nobody ever finds that out. For example, even if alcohol was a factor it's still important to find out where it came from in case a local business violated dram shop law and should be held accountable. However, if police find a drunk driver they generally don't look for where the "drunk" part happened so many law-breaking bars keep over-serving customers without batting an eye.
That's why it's important to investigate carefully and be certain everything's accounted for, which sadly police don't always do. That can be a big problem for victims and families in search of answers and help, so I often recommend independent professionals take another look.