Crashes involving multiple vehicles occurred in Liberty Hill, Texas, on Thursday, August 31, 2017, leaving two people dead. The Texas Department of Public Safety is heading up the investigation into the deadly incident. The series of collisions began at about 7:30 p.m. when the driver of a 2006 Ford F-150 allegedly pulled his truck out of the parking lot of a convenience store situated at the corner of County Road 200 and State Highway 29 and struck three different vehicles.
After colliding with three vehicles, the F-150 driver allegedly began driving the wrong way on SH 29 for approximately a quarter mile before colliding with two Dodge pickup trucks. Twenty-nine-year-old Jorge Montoya-Balderas was the driver of one of the Dodge trucks, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Marcelo Montoya-Balderas, age 23, also died at the scene. He was a passenger in the same truck. They were both from Cedar Park.
The incident was first referred to as a hit-and-run collision. The Williamson County Sheriff’s office later clarified that the driver who is suspected of being at fault didn’t flee the scene but was actually in critical condition and was taken to a hospital by helicopter.
The total number of patients who went to the hospital following these multiple collisions is unknown.
Drivers have a responsibility to others on Texas roadways. It’s an offense for a motorist to drive an automobile in wanton or wilful disregard for the safety of persons or property. There is no mention in the story of this crash in Liberty Hill of whether or not the driver believed to be responsible was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The alleged actions of the driver seem to qualify as at least reckless. Following an investigation, charges may be made against the driver of the Ford F-150. In addition, people who suffered injury or loss as a result of the driver’s actions could file civil lawsuits.