Sergio Zuniga Killed in Car Accident on I-35S in Von Ormy, TX
Von Ormy, TX — June 26, 2022, 26-year-old Sergio Zuniga was killed in a car accident on Interstate 35 South in Bexar County.
According to reports the incident happened around 4:15 a.m. in the area of I-35 South and Benton City Road. Preliminary investigation suggests an off-duty Somerset police officer was driving a Dodge Charter east on the roadway as Zuniga's Nissan Altima was stopped in the inside northbound lane, facing south.
Reports say the front of the Charter hit the front of the Altima, causing both units to hit the nearby guardrail. They both then traveled a short distance north before separation, after which the Nissan rolled into a nearby off-ramp from the highway. The charger overturned and rolled into the grass median.
Zuniga was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer received leg and head injuries and was taken to a San Antonio hospital.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Bexar County Car Accident off I-35S
Right now reports can't shed much light on how or why this wreck happened. All they say is two vehicles crashed as one was stopped facing the wrong direction in the road. Clearly that creates more questions than it answers, and I hope someone can learn more about the tragedy that followed.
Of course, in the meantime I have a feeling some folks will happily offer up their own theories. Look at the comment sections of most news outlets and you'll see endless guesswork about driver distraction, speeding, and even intoxication being factors in early-morning crashes. It's true that those are common causes of many such accidents, but they should never be taken for granted. Things like vehicle malfunctions, poor road conditions, limited visibility, and many other possible factors must be evaluated as well to be sure the truth is learned.
In the meantime, it's unwise to make any premature assumptions. I've seen too many folks rush to judgment after reading a few sentences in the news only to wholly change their minds after more information came to light. Unfortunately, a "by the book" police investigation may not go deep enough to find those revelations.
After a major accident like this, an independent investigation is often better for learning the whole story. Whatever is learned, the folks affected by the wreck deserve to know they got all the answers that could be found. Any other actions beyond just learning the truth depend on what that truth turns out to be.