Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in a single-vehicle accident that happened just east of Robstown New Year's Day and claimed the life of a Driscoll man.
According to Department of Public Safety reports, Daniel Zapata, 31, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier northbound on County Road 61, just over half a mile south of Highway 44, shortly before 8 a.m. Jan. 1.
While traveling at a high rate of speed, the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway into a ditch, crossed a raised driveway and rolled over three times. The vehicle came to rest upside down in the middle of the roadway.
Zapata, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, was ejected from the vehicle. Officials with the Corpus Christi Medical Examiner's Office later pronounced him dead at the scene.
A strong smell of alcohol was noticed in the vehicle, and several beer cans were recovered from the crash site, officials with the Department of Public Safety said Monday. Speed is also believed to have been a factor in the accident.