• April 18, 2022

Joshua Fornash Killed, Monica Chavez Injured in Odessa, TX Motorcycle Accident

Odessa, TX -- April 15, 2022, 32-year-old Joshua Fornash was killed and 22-year-old Monica Chavez was injured in a motorcycle accident in West Odessa.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:30 p.m. along West 16th Street, roughly 2 miles west of city limits. Preliminary investigation suggests Fornash and Chavez were on a Kawasaki motorcycle headed east as a Ford Fusion traveled in the westbound turning lane nearby. Reports indicate the Ford made a left turn toward a nearby parking lot, entering the path of the oncoming motorcycle. The vehicles collided in the eastbound lane.

Fornash was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Chavez was transported to a Lubbock hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The Ford driver was unhurt; a passenger in the car was treated and released from a local hospital.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Joshua Fornash, Monica Chavez Accident in Odessa

A common mistake I see people make after these incidents is thinking that what we see in reports is really all there is to know. If they have their facts straight then someone failed to yield to traffic and tragedy followed, so what more could there be to say?

For starters, there's the important question of why things happened that way. People don't maliciously or intentionally cause crashes very often, so it's generally necessary to figure out exactly how they accidentally did so. Was the Ford driver not paying attention to traffic before turning? Did they misjudge how much time they had? Were the motorcycle's lights on? What about the car's? Did the driver use his turn signal?

Joshua Fornash Killed, Monica Chavez Injured in Odessa, TX Motorcycle Accident

I'm certainly not saying I know more than what reports indicate here, but right now the account of what happened feels pretty incomplete and I hope authorities will fill in more blanks. It's rarely enough to say who hit whom without figuring out precisely why, and yet all too often law enforcement shuts an investigation down once they identify whether or not any laws were broken. That can leave a lot of lingering questions for victims and families who want to know a) exactly what occurred and b) whether anyone will be held accountable.

That search for answers often requires picking up where officials left off. Sometimes further investigation doesn't find anything unusual, but other times it turns up new information that changes how a crash is perceived or what should be done about it. At the very least, it could help the victims' loved ones get some badly-needed answers about the accident. Helping them achieve some closure is more than worth the effort.


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