Maria Paloalto Injured in Alleged Drunk Driver Accident in Pflugerville, TX
Travis County, TX — October 12, 2023, Maria Paloalto was injured as the result of an alleged drunk driving accident at around 10:30 p.m. along F.M. 685.
Initial details about the crash say that it happened at the intersection of Farm-to-Market 685 and East Pfennig Lane.
According to officials, 54-year-old Maria Paloalto was a passenger in a Chevy Tahoe traveling through the above intersection. While doing so, it's alleged that a northbound Chevy Malibu ran a red light and crashed into the side of the Tahoe.
Paloalto reportedly had incapacitating injuries due to the crash. The driver of the Malibu had apparently non-incapacitating injuries. It's unconfirmed whether the driver of the Tahoe, identified as Jose Refugio Godinez, had any injuries.
Included in statements from police were allegations that the Malibu driver was over four times the legal blood-alcohol content limit for driving under the influence of alcohol. It's unclear right now if there will be any charges filed.
With the person blamed for this crash allegedly at four times the legal limit, I'd honestly be shocked if there weren't charges filed eventually. Not only would a drunk driver need to be held accountable for such reckless actions, but certain details make it very likely there was a local alcohol provider who also broke the law here.
To put it simply, it is illegal to over-serve someone who is obviously intoxicated. A bar, restaurant, liquor store, club, or other venue that does so can open themselves up to all kinds of consequences, such as criminal charges, civil liability, fines, and suspension of their liquor license.
Consider that a person at just twice the legal limit generally begins showing all of the telltale signs that we associate with someone being drunk. Now imagine someone twice as drunk as that. If investigators found someone walked out of a bar like that, it would be a huge red flag that business was breaking the law and putting lives at risk. Authorities haven't mentioned looking into that possibility here, but my hope is someone is working behind the scenes to get some clear answers.