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Written by: The Benton Law Firm Last Updated : July 5, 2019

Harris County, TX – UPDATE: Galvan Ruiz ID’d As Driver In Boat Crash On San Jacinto River

Harris County, TX (July 4, 2019) – Police officials in Harris County have identified the intoxicated driver involved in a deadly boating crash on Sunday, June 30th. The incident took place on the San Jacinto River near Rio Villa Dr. 

Authorities report the boat struck a bulkhead in the river, resulting in a passenger on board falling overboard. The passenger was not immediately rescued after falling.

Two other passengers had to be taken to local hospitals. One was airlifted and the other taken by ambulance.

The missing passenger was found on Tuesday, July 2nd, at around 6 a.m.

The driver of the boat was identified as 41-year-old Galvan Ruiz of League City who was charged with murder and intoxication assault. 

The cause of the accident is being investigated by the Texas State Parks. 

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.  Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery. 

Boating Accidents in Texas

Harris County, TX - UPDATE: Galvan Ruiz ID’d as Driver in Boat Crash on San Jacinto RiverThere were 701 deaths in 2016 across the United States, and 80 percent of fatal crashes involved their victims drowning.

A great number of these crashes (77 percent) involve boat operators who were not properly trained.

The availability of these vessels and the difficulty in policing open ocean make it hard to stop untrained individuals from piloting boats.

The Texas boat accident lawyers employed at the Benton Law Firm work diligently in order to recover multi-million dollar settlements for our clients.

If you have lost a loved one in a boating accident, contact our law offices at (214) 771-9365 to discuss your case today. 

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Disclaimer: The intent of this post is to provide general information to our readers and to help improve the safety and quality of life of those who live in our state. At the Benton Law Firm, we intend to honor those who are victimized in accidents across Texas. We aim to provide up to date information to the public surrounding these incidents in hopes of helping others to avoid becoming victims themselves or to know how to respond should a tragedy occur. Do not rely on any information within this post. Instead, seek further assistance from a legal or medical professional whenever necessary.

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