Alcohol Believed To Be A Factor In Deadly Accident - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/4/07

Alcohol Believed To Be A Factor In Deadly Accident

Three children are hospitalized at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock after a Hale County Wreck and DPS troopers say alcohol is to blame.

The children's mother was killed in the crash along with her boyfriend who was the father of one of the children. It's just one of three fatal wrecks here on the South Plains this Labor Day weekend.

Authorities are confirming that alcohol was a factor in that fatal crash near Plainview - a somber reminder of the consequences of drinking and driving.

At the scene, a single football serves as a reminder of a holiday weekend meant to be spent enjoying time with family, but instead of being thrown between father and son, it rests just a few feet away from a truck crushed almost beyond recognition.

DPS troopers say Mortin Robles, 35, was driving his 1996 Dodge truck northbound on FM 400 about eight miles south of Plainview, Monday evening when he went off the road into a ditch. The truck then went into a side skid flipping twice. Robles along with Stacie Barrera, 28, and her three children were thrown from the truck, none were wearing seatbelts.

Robles and Barrera were pronounced dead on the scene.

The children all under the age of eight remain hospitalized at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock.

DPS troopers believe alcohol was a factor in this crash evident by beer cans strewn across the scene.

A tragedy that one local organization says should serve as a reminder the next time you get behind the wheel.

"Don't do it. Don't drink and drive. Call a cab call a friend.. Call anyone but don't drink and drive," victim advocate for MADD Dawn Owens said.

One of the children remained in critical condition Tuesday evening. The other two were upgraded to fair.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving served over 10,000 victims and survivors in Texas last year. If you or a loved one have been impacted by drunk driving, MADD offers counseling and support groups. For more information call (806)793-6233.

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