• June 30, 2022

Raul Ramos, Roberto Garza Killed in Truck Accident on FM 345 in San Benito, TX

San Benito, TX — June 10, 2022, 32-year-olds Raul Ramos and Roberto Garza were killed in a crash with a commercial truck on FM 345 in San Benito.

According to reports the incident happened around 7:30 a.m. on FM 345 near East San Jose Ranch Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Ramos was driving a Honda Fit north on the roadway when he pulled onto the shoulder and stopped for unknown reasons. Shortly afterward, he attempted make a U-turn from the shoulder toward the southbound road. After re-entering the northbound road the Honda was hit by a northbound International truck. The truck pushed the car northward several hundred feet before stopping.

Ramos and his passenger Garza were killed in the collision. The truck driver was unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Raul Ramos, Roberto Garza Accident in San Benito

Reports suggest the victims attempted a U-turn at an unfortunate time, but is that really the whole story? How fast was the truck traveling? Was the driver's full attention on the road? Did the car's driver check his mirrors and just miss the approaching truck somehow? What are sightlines like along that stretch of road? Could or should the truck driver have taken other action to prevent the collision or lessen its damage?

Raul Ramos, Roberto Garza Killed in Truck Accident on FM 345 in San Benito, TX

I know how that last question sounds, but I'm not out to unfairly blame the trucker here. Closer investigation could confirm he really had no time or space to avoid the car, and I'm not suggesting otherwise. However, as I said before most accidents are actually due to multiple factors happening at once. Saying the crash boiled down to a poorly-timed U-turn when other factors might also have been involved could keep the whole truth from being learned. I can't even tell you how many "official" police reports I've seen where we found missed details or incorrect narratives.

That's why it's best to conduct an independent investigation and find the facts. The sooner the whole story is known and proven, the sooner any further steps can be determined.

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