Silvia Cortez-Chavez Killed in Truck Accident on I-20 Business in Midland County, TX
Midland County, TX -- May 8, 2022, 50-year-old Silvia Cortez-Chavez was killed in a collision between trucks on Business Interstate 20 in Midland County.
Authorities say the incident happened just after midnight on I-20 Business near mile marker 308. Preliminary investigation suggests 70-year-old Miguel Ortiz was driving a Chevy Silverado east in the turning lane of the interstate when he started to turn into a nearby drive. While turning his truck entered the path of a westbound Dodge Ram and the pickups collided in the roadway.
Cortez-Chavez, a passenger in the turning truck, suffered fatal injuries in the collision. Ortiz was transported to a Midland hospital and listed in stable condition. The other truck driver was unhurt.
The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Silvia Cortez-Chavez Accident on I-20B in Midland County
Reports seem fairly certain one driver made a mistake and failed to yield to traffic before turning. That's quite common and I have specific reason to doubt it here, but at the same time I think it's important to be sure no other factors were involved. If the truck simply lost traction or its power steering failed, for instance, it might look from the outside like a botched turn but instead have different implications. Fingers shouldn't be point prematurely and the driver deserves the benefit of the doubt while the investigation continues.
Most accidents are far more complex than people might realize from the few paragraphs they get in the news. Folks call the firm all the time after they learn that a crash which hurt them or someone they care about wasn't as straightforward as it seemed. Learning all the specifics and getting those victims much-needed help often takes efforts from independent accident reconstructionists who have the experience and equipment to make sure no important details slip through the cracks.