• June 22, 2022

Isaias Joel Garcia Killed, Juana Caballero Macias, Christina Hernandez Injured in Car Accident in El Paso, TX

El Paso, TX -- June 20, 2022, Isaias Garcia was killed and Juana Caballero Macias and Christina Hernandez were injured in a car accident.

Authorities reported that the crash happened just after 2:30 a.m. along I-10 near Resler.

In their reports, officials said that 22-year-old Isaias Garcia was in a Ford Mustang traveling along I-10. For reasons unclear, the Mustang came to a stop on the interstate. While stopped, a GMC Sierra reportedly driven by 29-year-old Juan Caballero Macias crashed into the Mustang.

Due to the collision, Garcia sustained fatal injuries. Caballero Macias and her passenger, 23-year-old Christina Hernandez, were transported for unspecified injuries.

The factors surrounding the crash are unavailable at this time.

Commentary on Isaias Joel Garcia, Juana Caballero Macias, Christina Hernandez Car Accident in El Paso

This early in the morning, some folks may have their own ideas about what happened here. Alcohol is all too common, and it's often the case that a crash like this involves someone that was illegally over-served by a local bar. That could mean that a business is liable for this tragic event under dram shop law, which is something I often talk about on this blog and why independent investigations are important. But would it really be okay to simply ignore other possibilities? Of course not.

Isaias Joel Garcia Killed, Juana Caballero Macias, Christina Hernandez Injured in Car Accident in El Paso, TX

What do these reports actually say? They say the deceased driver was in a vehicle stopped on the interstate. They don't say why the vehicle stopped, though, and they don't even say where. If a car is in the middle of an empty interstate with its lights off, that's pretty reckless. If they're on the shoulder with their emergency lights on, then a vehicle somehow managing to hit them would be a serious red flag. For all we know, the victim was stopped due to traffic, and these reports just don't have all the facts.

That's one of the reasons I'm so adamant about taking initial reports with a grain of salt. It's not always as simple as just taking what police say at face value. Independent investigations can often show there's more to the story, and those steps may prove necessary here, as well.

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