Omar Moreno Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident in Cherokee County, TX
Cherokee County, TX -- May 21, 2022, 51-year-old Omar Gallardo Moreno was killed in a single-vehicle accident along Farm to Market Road 2962 in Cherokee County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:50 p.m. on FM 2962 and County Road 1214 west of Reklaw. Preliminary investigation suggests Moreno was driving north on the roadway when he approached a curve by the CR 1214 intersection. He was allegedly traveling too fast to safely take the curve and drove off the road into the north bar ditch. He over-corrected back to the road and his car side-skidded, then overturned.
Moreno was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Omar Moreno Accident on FM 2962 in Cherokee County
It's not clear what exactly happened here, but some folks may be much too quick to blame the driver. Statistically speaking most single-vehicle accidents are due to operator errors like speeding or distraction from a cell phone, and with that in mind people have a bad habit of deciding every similar wreck must be due to something of that nature. Police alleging the driver may have been going too fast for the curve in the road likely won't help with that tendency to make assumptions.
Of course common factors like those are important to investigate, but they're far from the only possibilities and it's not right to take them for granted. What if the victim's vehicle had mechanical issues or blew a tire? Could the road in that area have been wet or otherwise hazardous? Did the driver have some kind of medical emergency? Is it possible he was impaired somehow? Could another driver have caused the victim's crash but then left the scene?
I recognize that some of those issues seem less likely to be involved than others, but they're all distinctly possible as factors here and each deserves proper attention when learning the full story. It's important to get clear answers, if for no other reason than to provide the victim's loved ones with as much of the truth as it's possible to find. If there are issues of accountability to look into as well, knowing that depends largely on what the truth turns out to be. It remains to be seen if law enforcement will make the required effort to learn it.