Elia Guerrero Killed in Crossover Accident on TX-159 near Bellville
Bellville, TX — July 17, 2022, 34-year-old Elia Guerrero was killed in a crossover accident on State Highway 159 near Bellville.
According to reports the incident happened around 2:25 a.m. on TX-159. Preliminary investigation suggests 49-year-old Jill McGinty was driving a Lincoln MKX west on the highway when she crossed over the center line for unknown reasons. Once in oncoming lane she crashed with an eastbound Ford Explorer; after the impact both vehicles ran off opposite sides of the road.
Elia Guerrero, riding in the Explorer, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband Ruben Guerrero and Jill McGinty in the Lincoln both survived but it's unclear if they were injured.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Elia Guerrero Accident near Bellville
Reports suggest one driver crossed left of center on the highway and triggered the crash, but at this point nobody can really be sure why that happened. Some may be inclined to quickly point fingers at basic driver mistakes like distraction from a phone, falling asleep, or (given the time of the crash) intoxication. It's true that those are commonly behind wrecks like this one, but by the same token they can't be taken for granted.
The only way to know the full story is to investigate with appropriate care and consider all the possibilities. Things like distraction and alcohol certainly deserve attention; impairment in particular needs careful consideration because if the crossover driver was over-served somewhere then the business that did so may be responsible for the damage done under dram shop law. However, less-common issues like vehicle failures, tire blowouts, medical emergencies, hazardous roads, and others also deserve attention. The point isn't to complicate things, just to get to the truth by eliminating other possible explanations.
Unfortunately law enforcement doesn't always devote enough time or resources to uncovering the truth of the matter. They have a lot of priorities tugging at them and sometimes all they can do is put together a basic narrative, draw some conclusions, and then close the file. If there's any lingering doubt or confusion after that, the victims may be better served by independent investigations to get the whole story.