• January 13, 2023

Mario Ruiz Jr. Injured in Auto Accident on 14th Ave in Texas City, TX

Texas City, TX — December 21, 2022, 32-year-old Mario Ruiz Jr. was seriously injured in an auto accident on 14th Avenue in Galveston County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:50 p.m. on 14th Ave near North 16th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Ruiz was driving a GMC Sierra eats on the roadway when he allegedly failed to maintain his lane and struck the side of a parked and unoccupied Dodge Ram.

After the impact the GMC rolled over and came to rest on its passenger side; the Dodge traveled a short distance forward and crashed into a parked Chevy Silverado.

Ruiz was seriously injured in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

I tell people all the time how important it is to keep an open mind after just about any wreck, no matter what kind of picture preliminary reports make. People see a fact pattern like the one mentioned in Texas City (including when investigators alleged the victim may have been impaired by alcohol) and think there's little or nothing else to know, but that's rarely true.

Maybe things are as straightforward as they seem, but I've done this more than long enough to wonder if there's more to it. Officers' first impressions don't always turn out to be right, and even when they are sometimes they don't tell the whole story. For instance, if blood tests confirm impairment was a factor then a local business may be partly responsible for the victim's injuries under Texas dram shop law.

Is it possible police hit the nail on the head with their conclusions? Maybe. I wasn't there and I don't have any particular reason to doubt them. I just believe it's always best to ensure the whole story is really learned. At the end of the day the most important thing an investigation can do is get answers for the people who need them, so I hope investigators took the necessary time and care to make that happen.

Mario Ruiz Jr. Injured in Auto Accident on 14th Ave in Texas City, TX
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