• 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 several men walking south across 42nd, allegedly disregarding the red light and a pedestrian "don't walk" signal, when miles was struck by the front-right of a passing westbound vehicle. After the first impact he was hit a second time by another vehicle.

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

The investigation continues but no charges are pending at this time.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Shannon Miles Accident in Odessa

There's still a lot of missing information here, but people have a tendency to write off most pedestrian accidents--particularly ones where the facts seem stacked against the victim as they are in Odessa. However, just about 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 car arrived? Where did he come from and where was he headed? How well-lit is that area at night? Was the pedestrian wearing dark or light clothing? Were both the involved drivers awake, alert, and paying attention to their surroundings? Were the cars' headlights on? Did 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 make a complete or accurate picture, and it's important not to treat them as the final word. It's always 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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