• January 31, 2022

Pedestrian Killed by Vehicle on Loop 365 near Paisano Dr in El Paso, TX

El Paso, TX -- January 28, 2022, a 25-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle on westbound Loop 375 in El Paso.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:30 a.m. along Loop 375 near Paisano Drive and Bowie High School. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was on foot and was trying to cross the highway northward with another pedestrian when he was fatally struck by a passing truck.

The pedestrian, reportedly a man from Honduras, was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Auto-Pedestrian Accident on Loop 375 in El Paso

I find too often that people overlook accidents like this because they simply assume there's little else to say beyond what the news reported. Most would agree it's dangerous for pedestrians to be on the highway early in the morning; what else is there to talk about? Well, I often need to remind people that there are numerous causes for something like this and writing it off as "the pedestrian's fault" without further scrutiny is unjust. The only way to know for certain if anything else was involved is to conduct careful and thorough investigation.

Pedestrian Killed by Vehicle on Loop 365 near Paisano Dr in El Paso, TX

For example, a family came to me a while back about their loved one being hit on a freeway exit ramp. As we looked more closely into the matter, it turned out a local bowling alley recklessly and illegally over-served him. His intoxication caused him to become disoriented on his way home, at which point he wandered onto the ramp and into danger. What some folks thought was an open-and-shut situation turned out to be a dram shop case against the bowling alley for contributing to the man's death.

I'm not claiming to know that impairment was even a factor here, let alone that a local business should be held accountable for it. It is however important to be sure one way or the other, and to that end there must be more attention paid to the circumstances surrounding the accident--not just what happened during it, but also where everyone was shortly beforehand and what they were doing there. At the very least, the victim's loved ones should know that every effort was made to bring them all the available answers. Any further action would largely depend on what those answers turn out to be.

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