Pedro Orduna Lopez, Carlos Alvarez Romero Killed in Wrong-way Accident in Archer County, TX
Archer County, TX -- January 15, 2022, Pedro Orduna Lopez and Carlos Alvarez Romero were killed after an accident involving a reported wrong-way driver.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 1:24 p.m. along FM 172 near Schlabs Lane.
Authorities said that 48-year-old Pedro Orduna Lopez was in a Kia Sorento traveling northbound along FM 172. On a curve in the road, authorities say that 51-year-old Carlos Alvarez Romero, in a southbound GMC Sierra, crossed the center line and crashed into the Kia.
Due to the crash, both Lopez and Romero sustained fatal injuries. Police continue to investigate the cause of the accident.
Commentary on Pedro Orduna Lopez, Carlos Alvarez Romero Wrong-way Accident in Archer County
Reports like this are one of the reasons I tell folks that relying on authorities on their own isn't always prudent. Authorities describe this as a wrong-way crash, but it seems more likely that the vehicle simply crossed the center line. Why does this distinction matter?
Well, when someone is on the wrong side of the road, it's often a sign they were significantly intoxicated. That would raise more serious questions, such as where the alcohol came from and if a bar or similar establishment illegally over-served the driver and therefore needs to be held liable under dram shop law. But when someone just crosses the center line, the possible causes are far more numerous.
A crossover can happen due to alcohol, but it can also involve fatigue, medical conditions, road hazards, tire failures, distracted driving, poor road design, etc. Even if some of these factors are less likely than others, considering all of these possibilities can be crucial in getting families the help and the answers they deserve. Are those steps being taken here?