Martin Ordonez Ibarra Injured by Alleged DWI Driver on I-10 in Harris County, TX
Harris County, TX — October 8, 2022, 25-year-old Martin Ordonez Ibarra was seriously injured in a crash with an alleged DWI driver on Interstate 10 in Harris County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:45 a.m. on I-10 near Freeport Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a GMC Sierra pickup was westbound on the freeway when it rear-ended Ordonez Ibarra's westbound Toyota Corolla. After the impact the pickup driver reportedly fled on foot, but later returned to the scene.
Ordonez Ibarra suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to a hospital.
Investigators said the hit-and-run driver admitted to consuming alcohol that evening. Breath tests administered at the scene showed he had an approximate BAC of .157.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Martin Ordonez Ibarra Accident in Harris County
Breathalyzers have a higher margin of error than blood tests, but even allowing for that it seems police found enough reason to believe intoxication was a factor here.
Some may feel that only matters in terms of the suspect's charges. It's important that drunk drivers face serious penalties for their choices, yes, but criminal punishment does little to help injured crash victims with the cost and hardship of recovery. However, that might be addressed another way with the help of Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law, an alcohol provider that over-serves an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for injuries caused by that person while they're under the influence. If the I-10 suspect was over-served somewhere and his intoxication was the reason for the crash, the business that provided his drinks may have a duty to help the injured victim get back on his feet.
Alcohol providers have a legal responsibility not to over-serve people, though you'd never know it by the way many of them behave. When they do that and people get hurt, they're obligated to help those victims. Most businesses follow the rules and not every DWI case involves a dram shop violation, but the possibility should be looked into when alcohol use seems to be tied to serious injuries. Bad bars deserve consequences and the people affected by their recklessness deserve all the help they can get.