• July 13, 2022

Keethan James Gould, Angel Rico DeLeon, David Saenz-Cera Killed in Truck Accident in Odessa, TX

Odessa, TX -- July 11, 2022, Keethan Gould, Angel DeLeon, and David Saenz-Cera were killed after an accident where a truck and a car crashed.

Officials reported that the crash took place at around 9:00 p.m. along FM 1936 at Highway 302.

Police say that 40-year-old Keethan James Gould, 27-year-old Angel A. Rico DeLeon, and 35-year-old David Saenz-Cera were in a Chevy Malibu traveling westbound along Highway 302. At FM 1936, a Ford F-350 reportedly failed to yield, resulting in a collision.

Due to the crash, Gould, DeLeon, and Saenz-Cera were killed. Two people in the pickup had unspecified injuries. Ector County and Texas DPS officials released no additional details.

Commentary on Keethan Gould, Angel DeLeon, David Saenz-Cera Truck Accident in Odessa

At a glance, this all no doubt seems straight-forward. Police say a truck failed to yield on a highway, resulting in a fatal collision. What more is there to tell? Well, perhaps nothing. This sort of thing is almost always the result of something simple like distracted driving, drunk driving, or simple lack of attention. Is it possible something highly unusual happened, such as missing signage or the victim's headlights being off? Certainly, and a proper investigation will consider that. At the same time, however, those investigations can show that even seemingly obvious mistakes can happen for unusual reasons.

Keethan James Gould, Angel Rico DeLeon, David Saenz-Cera Killed in Truck Accident in Odessa, TX

I'll give an example from a situation a family came to me with a while back. In that crash, a truck driver was texting and driving when the accident occurred. As open-and-shut as any run-of-the-mill lawyer would take that to be, our team kept digging to make sure nothing slipped through the cracks. It turned out that the driver had been texting his supervisor. But why did this change things?

This supervisor would constantly harass drivers all day with texts and calls, micromanaging their every move instead of letting them do their jobs. The drivers that took too long to respond got in trouble and risked losing their jobs. It didn't matter if they had silly excuses like, "I was driving," or "I didn't want to get myself or anyone else killed." That unreasonable boss coerced drivers into making reckless decisions, putting countless people at risk.

So what someone would have taken as some ordinary case of a reckless, inattentive trucker turned out to be a whole company that needed to face consequences significant enough to get them to clean up their act. After all, getting people the help they need is a priority, but so is ensuring those responsible for that harm are held accountable for their actions.

I'm not at all saying anything like that happened here, but these reports likely aren't telling the fully story. Further investigations could show this was a tragic mistake, an unavoidable accident, or the result of behavior that could still be putting others in danger. One way or the other, the victims' loved ones deserve some answers. Waiting around for the police alone may not be enough to that end.

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