Jose Ruiz Killed in Rollover Accident on FM 145 in Castro County, TX
Castro County, TX — July 11, 2022, 55-year-old Jose Ruiz was killed in a single-vehicle rollover accident on Farm to Market Road 145 in Castro County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:00 a.m. on FM 145, roughly 4 miles west of Hart. Preliminary investigation suggests Ruiz was driving a Chrysler Sebring west on the roadway when he hit standing water from a nearby field's irrigation. The vehicle lost traction and slid off the north side of the road, then rolled over.
Ruiz, reportedly not wearing a seat belt, was ejected during the rollover and was pronounced dead at the scene.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Jose Ruiz Accident in Castro County
Much of civil law is based on people being hurt by someone else failing to completely think through their own actions. I don't doubt that a Texas field needed some irrigation; goodness knows summer rains are few and far between. However, if it was possible that water from that process could get on the road and make it hazardous then there may be questions of negligence to resolve.
I certainly don't want to pick a fight with that field's owner or lecture about agricultural practice in general, but the fact remains that the wet road--apparently a direct byproduct of irrigation--seems to be a major factor in the loss of a man's life. His family might be justified in wanting some accountability for their loss.
In the pursuit of answers, one thing to establish would be whether the farm's operators knew (or at least should have known) their efforts would make the road wet, and if so whether they made any honest attempts to fix the problem or reduce the hazards it posed. If they didn't do either, the law might say they have a duty to make what amends they can to the victim's loved ones.
I'm not pointing any fingers here or saying I know more that what the news conveyed. I'm just saying that things aren't usually as simple as those reports make them sound, and there are often many other considerations lurking beneath the surface--things that need careful attention to detail to properly understand and resolve. At the very least, the victim's loved ones deserve to know that no stone was left unturned when bringing them the truth.