Law enforcement in Nueces County, Texas have confirmed that alcohol was a factor in a fatal car crash. The crash killed an 18-year-old man and seriously injured the other passengers. The crash occurred last Friday evening at 11:48 PM local time on County Road 48, near County Road 69 in Robstown. According to investigators, a 2008 Ford Mustang was traveling west on County Road 48. The vehicle was carrying five people between the ages of 18 and 19-years-old.
The car left the road for unknown reasons and then hit a culvert. This caused the vehicle to roll over several times. All but one passenger were ejected from the vehicle. The vehicle’s driver, identified as 18-year-old Justin Dillon Franco of Corpus Christi. Franco was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigators reported that the other occupants were taken to an area hospital. Sgt. Nathan Brandley of the Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed that alcohol was a factor in the fatal crash. Brandley added that broken beer bottles and other evidence of alcohol were found during the investigation.
At this point, three of the other occupants are currently in ICU at a local hospital while one was moved to a room. Investigators have also reported that one occupant was wearing a seatbelt. All five occupants were students at Tuloso-Midway High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. On Sunday night, friends and family gathered at the crash site to hold a vigil in memory of Franco. It was also the support of the other occupants who are currently recovering in the hospital.
According to the CDC, the number of teens killed in alcohol-related crashes is above the national average. These numbers were between the years of 2003 to 2012. This may be due to the lack of sobriety checkpoints set up by law enforcement. In Texas, sobriety checkpoints are not allowed.