• June 17, 2022

Pedestrian Alfonso Varela Killed by Pickup Truck on I-10 in El Paso, TX

UPDATE (July 1, 2022): The pedestrian in this fatal collision has been identified as 71-year-old Alfonso Medina Varela.

El Paso, TX — June 16, 2022, a pedestrian trying to cross Interstate 10 on foot was struck and killed by a pickup truck in El Paso.

According to reports the incident happened around 9:40 p.m. on eastbound I-10 near mile marker 28. Preliminary investigation suggests only that the victim was traveling across the freeway on foot for unknown reasons when a pickup truck hit him in the travel lanes.

The pedestrian suffered fatal injuries in the collision. The driver, 55-year-old Jose Vazquez, stopped at the scene and called for help.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Alfonso Varela Accident on I-10 in El Paso

Folks also tend to write off incidents where pedestrians are hit on the interstate. The assumption is that someone on foot there is likely to be in the wrong.

It's true that running through a busy highway is risky, but it's never wise to jump to conclusions. Rather than dismissing the whole thing because of where it took place it's important to learn its precise details.

For instance, where exactly was the victim in the roadway at the time? Were they walking or running through it? Were they hard to see? What are visibility and sightlines like in that area? Was the driver's full attention on the road? If not, why not? Were other drivers able to successfully avoid the victim? Where did the pedestrian come from before getting on the highway? Could anything else have been done to avoid the collision or reduce its damage? Did any witnesses see what happened?

I don't ask those questions to overcomplicate things or point fingers. I just don't think anyone can safely assume there's nothing else to know here. Every available answer is important when trying to learn how someone was seriously hurt, which means no stone should be left unturned in pursuit of the whole story. The victim's loved ones deserve as many answers as investigators can find for them.

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