• July 25, 2022

Jesus Prospero-Vazquez Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident near Socorro, NM

Socorro, NM -- July 17, 2022, Jesus Prospero-Vazquez was killed as the result of a single-vehicle accident off the interstate.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 7:45 p.m. in the area of Socorro and Lemitar.

Officials said that 33-year-old Jesus Prospero-Vazquez was in a vehicle traveling northbound on I-25. For reasons unclear, the vehicle ran off-road onto the median, then overturned.

The crash ejected Prospero-Vazquez, resulting in fatal injuries. Authorities say he wasn't wearing a seatbelt. No further information about the crash is available at this time.

Commentary on Jesus Prospero-Vazquez Single-Vehicle Accident near Socorro

Just to be clear, I don't know anything more about this crash than what the news says. But whenever a crash report comes across my desk involving someone apparently not wearing their seatbelt, I want to find out why police are saying that.

Jesus Prospero-Vazquez Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident near Socorro, NM

Quite frankly, they say almost every person thrown from their vehicle wasn't wearing their seatbelt. Statistically, though, a large portion of drivers wear their seatbelts. No doubt many thrown from their vehicles weren't properly secured, but it's not nearly as often as police seem to report.

Some of these can be explained by faulty safety equipment, such as seatbelts breaking, failing to lock, coming undone at the buckle, the seat failing to stay secure, etc. This isn't the sort of thing authorities tend to look into, so getting the full story here may require more thorough independent investigations.

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