• July 25, 2022

Micueyla Garcia Duran Killed, Steve Duran, Two Injured in Car Accident in Clay County, TX

Clay County, TX -- July 22, 2022, Micueyla Garcia Duran was killed and Steve Duran and two others were injured due to an accident where their vehicle crashed.

Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 7:00 p.m. on US Highway 287. It appears that a vehicle was going northbound on the highway when is somehow went into the guardrail, then crashed on the median.

In the crash, 72-year-old Micueyla Garcia Duran was ejected and sustained fatal injuries. 40-year-old Steve Duran and two minors, a 10-year-old passenger and the 15-year-old driver (who had a permit), were injured.

Right now, additional details are unavailable.

Commentary on Micueyla Garcia Duran, Steven Duran Car Accident in Clay County

My concern reading these reports is that people are just going to blame this on the inexperience of the driver. But not only do reports say the driver had a permit, they also show there were adults in the car that would have been supervising her. Is it still possible a mistake led to the crash? Absolutely, but a prudent investigator knows those make up only a few possible reasons a crash like this can occur. Besides, there could be other extenuating circumstances to consider, as well.

Micueyla Garcia Duran Killed, Steve Duran, Two Injured in Car Accident in Clay County, TX

One thing a typical investigation may overlook, for example, is the deceased victim being ejected from the vehicle. Most assume that's simply someone not using their seatbelt. But with no one else thrown from the vehicle and the vast majority of people using their seatbelts, could there be another explanation? Did the seatbelt break or come unlatched? Did the victim's seat come loose or fail to keep the occupant upright?

These are relatively uncommon factors, but they do happen. Either way, someone losing their life warrants every possible step to find out what happened, especially if there was a mistake that needs to be addressed. One way or another, I simply wish to emphasize the importance of being thorough after a deadly wreck like this. Jumping to conclusions isn't going to get a family the help they deserve.

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