• July 12, 2022

Shannon Miles Killed in Pedestrian Accident at 42nd and Golder in Odessa, TX

Odessa, TX — July 10, 2022, 53-year-old Shannon Miles was struck and killed by a vehicle at 42nd Street and Golder Avenue in Odessa.

According to reports the incident happened shortly before 11:30 p.m. at the intersection of 42nd and Golder. Preliminary investigation suggests Miles was one of possibly several men walking south across 42nd, allegedly disregarding the red light and a pedestrian "don't walk" signal, when he was struck by the front-right of a westbound Kia Optima. After the first impact he was hit a second time by a Mitsubishi Montero Sport.

Miles was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Shannon Miles Accident in Odessa

Reports are still missing many details, but people have a tendency to write off most pedestrian accidents--particularly ones where the preliminary facts seem stacked against the victim as they are in Odessa. However, every accident should receive careful and thorough investigation to ensure the truth is learned.

For instance, in Odessa there are still some questions to address: How long was the victim in the road before the first car arrived? Where did he come from and where was he headed? How well-lit is that area at night and how visible should he realistically have been? Were both the involved drivers awake, alert, and paying attention to their surroundings? Were the cars' headlights on? How much time passed between the first and second impacts? Did any other vehicles successfully avoid the victim?

Shannon Miles Killed in Pedestrian Accident at 42nd and Golder in Odessa, TX

I'm not asking all these questions to argue with police or to make any accusations. I'm only saying what I so often do: Preliminary reports don't always have a complete or accurate picture, and it's important not to treat them as the final word. Instead it's best to carefully investigate all the possible factors in search of the whole truth. The victim's loved ones deserve no less.

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