• November 13, 2023

Bobby Velasquez Killed in Alleged Drunk Driver Accident in Study Butte-Terlingua, TX

Brewster County, TX — October 15, 2023, Bobby Velasquez was killed as the result of an alleged drunk driver accident after midnight on F.M. 170.

Officials said in preliminary statements on the accident that it happened at approximately 12:31 a.m. at the intersection of F.M. 170 and Fulcher Road.

According to investigators, 48-year-old Bobby James Velasquez was driving a motorcycle along eastbound F.M. 170. Police say they believe Velasquez stopped along the right shoulder of the roadway and was still there when a Nissan Altima apparently left its lane and hit Velasquez. Due to this, Velasquez was killed.

Bobby Velasquez Killed in Alleged Drunk Driver Accident in Study Butte-Terlingua, TX

Authorities say that the Nissan driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time, and they even mentioned speaking to a bartender they allege served the Nissan driver just prior to the accident. They say they recommended a DWI charge for the driver. But are those really the only pending charges here? I'm honestly surprised authorities haven't mention more serious potential charges.

For one, I've handled hundreds of alcohol-related wrongful death cases, and the charges that authorities pursue in many of those instances rarely ever stop at a simple DWI. Nine times out of ten, when I see details like what are in these statements, authorities usually pursue more serious charges like intoxication manslaughter. So why have authorities only mentioned DWI right now?

Furthermore, they talk about speaking to the bartender and verifying if the driver was drinking there. But they didn't say anything about investigating the bartender for possibly illegally over-serving the driver, They and their employer could also face serious legal consequences if they played a role in this fatal crash. Is that something police looked into at all?

Maybe they've been hard at work behind the scenes and with the victim's family but just have yet to update their public statements. Otherwise, I'd hate to think such an awful event wasn't getting the attention it deserved.

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