Kevin Alvarado Killed in Collision with 18-Wheeler on I-45 in Conroe, TX
UPDATE (December 17, 2021): Further investigation about this incident suggests that 21-year-old Kevin Alvarado was traveling north in the southbound lanes of I-45, which he had entered from a ramp south of Wilson Road in Conroe.
Several callers notified police about a wrong-way driver on the highway but they were unable to reach Alvarado before he encountered the southbound 18-wheeler and the two collided almost head-on. After the impact Alvarado's Honda Accord spun away toward a nearby entrance ramp while the semi-truck and its trailer, now on fire, continued for several hundred more yards down the roadway and then stopped.
UPDATE (December 6, 2021): The victim of this accident has been identified as 21-year-old Kevin Jose Alvarado.
Conroe, TX -- December 1, 2021, a driver was killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 45 in Montgomery County.
Authorities say the incident happened just before midnight on I-45 north of Farm to Market Road 830. Preliminary investigation suggests a 21-year-old man was driving a Honda Accord north on the roadway when his vehicle collided under unknown circumstances with a southbound tractor-trailer registered to Last Chance Transportation LLC. Responders found the truck, loaded with rolls of cotton, on fire some distance from the passenger vehicle.
The Honda driver, reportedly not wearing a seat belt, suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The truck driver, later identified as 60-year-old Dionicio Vargas, received serious injuries and was treated at an area hospital.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Kevin Alvarado Accident on I-45 near Willis
UPDATE (December 17, 2021): It seems the victim was found to be traveling the wrong way on the interstate when the collision occurred. The most common explanation for someone getting on a controlled-access roadway and travelling against traffic would be intoxication, but I want to be clear that I'm making no accusations and reports say nothing about that. Investigators will almost certainly consider the possibility while trying to figure out more of what happened, but I hope they'll also think of possibilities like driver disorientation or missing/confusing signage.
To reiterate, I am not accusing the victim of being drunk when there is no supporting evidence suggesting it. It's a concern given the way the crash supposedly happened, but only further careful investigation can say for sure how the victim ended up traveling the wrong direction. Whatever is learned, his loved ones deserve to know the whole truth.
ORIGINAL: No one expects police to have all the answers after recent an incident, but in the absence of a more complete picture I have a feeling some folks will try to fill in the blanks for themselves. As always, I must caution against doing that as investigators learn more about what happened. Just to gain a better understanding of events they'll have to look into many factors--possible driver mistakes like distraction and speeding, yes, but also problems or defects in the vehicles themselves, ambient conditions like weather and roadway conditions, visibility and sightlines, other traffic in the area, and many other elements that could have caused or influenced the wreck.
It's always important to investigate thoroughly, but even more so when a commercial truck is involved. I'm not saying the truck driver was necessarily to blame here, but I know from long experience that even if that's shown to be true the company behind that driver is unlikely to admit responsibility unless clear evidence forces them to. Without objective facts telling the story there's a lot of room for "creative" interpretations of events that deflect attention away from where it belongs. Many victims and families have been quite frustrated when what seemed like a clear-cut case of negligence became bogged down in arguments and excuses, keeping them from receiving badly-needed assistance.
That's why it's so important to be thorough and why I discourage speculation in the place of clear facts. I've seen too many cases where people rushed to point fingers after reading vague reports, only for details to come to light that entirely changed their minds. The same could happen here, though it's hard to say whether police will truly clarify things as much as is needed. That's why I almost always suggest an independent investigation to make sure all the relevant information is found. Whatever is revealed, the victim's loved ones deserve to know that every effort was made to uncover the whole truth. Any further steps beyond that would depend largely on investigators' findings.