• June 07, 2022

Angel Alvarado Killed in Truck Accident on TX-302 near Odessa

Odessa, TX — June 5, 2022, 44-year-old Angel Alvarado died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on State Highway 302 near Odessa.

According to reports the incident happened around 3:15 a.m. along Highway 302 at 8th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Alvarado was driving a Ford F-150 pickup west on 8th when he allegedly failed to yield at the highway intersection. The pickup proceeded through the crossroads but then made a U-turn and re-entered them, where it was hit by a southbound Freightliner 18-wheeler.

Alvarado, reportedly not wearing a seat belt, suffered critical injuries. He was transported to an area hospital where he died a short time later. The Freightliner driver was unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Angel Alvarado Accident on 8th St near Odessa

It's unclear why the victim turned back around after passing through the intersection and didn't yield to the semi-truck, but before anyone reaches any conclusions it's important to consider all the possible explanations and factors.

For example: Could the victim's vehicle have had some kind of mechanical or brake problem? What about any health problems that could have affected his driving? Was he awake, alert, and sober? Did something block his view of the approaching big rig? Was signage covered or missing at the intersection? Were there any other vehicles around at the time? What were weather and road conditions like? Does that area have a history of similar crashes? Is the intersection designed poorly? Setting aside right-of-way for a moment, could the truck driver have done anything to avoid the collision or reduce its damage?

Commentary on Angel Alvarado Accident on 8th St near Odessa

I'm not trying to complicate things or unfairly blame anyone. I just want to make sure all the details are known as they should be after any accident. Unusual elements contribute to accidents all the time but they often get overlooked during a routine police investigation. We even saw a wreck in West Texas where police first said the victim ran a stop sign and fatally crashed with an 18-wheeler, only for us to find out later that TxDOT crews removed the intersection's signs during construction. The victim didn't even know he had to stop, but until that was learned police and the public unfairly blamed him.

It doesn't seem like anything like that happened near Odessa, but the point is many crashes aren't as simple as they appear and crucial details are often overlooked or misunderstood. The victim deserves the benefit of the doubt and his loved ones should know every effort was made to find the whole truth. Will police be thorough enough to get it, or should an independent investigation be started?

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