• July 26, 2022

One Killed, Two Injured in Rollover Crash on Tangerine Ave in El Paso County, TX

El Paso County, TX — July 4, 2022, one person was killed and two were injured in a single-vehicle accident on Tangerine Avenue in El Paso County.

According to reports the incident happened around 6:40 p.m. on Tangerine near Krag Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a 59-year-old man was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck east on the roadway when he lost control for unknown reasons. The truck veered left off the roadway and the driver over-corrected, causing the pickup to crash into a low dirt berm and overturn.

Two men riding in the bed of the pickup were ejected during the rollover. One was fatally injured and the other received minor injuries. The pickup driver suffered serious injuries in the wreck.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Rollover Crash on Tangerine Ave in El Paso County

Police seem to think the driver lost control before crashing due to being intoxicated by alcohol. Given the described circumstances of the accident that seems reasonable, but as always theories need proof. Police drew blood for testing after this accident in pursuit of that proof.

Whether or not blood tests confirm intoxication was a factor may change how the wreck should be handled. For instance, if alcohol caused the crash then it would be important to find out where the drinks came from. Why? Because Texas dram shop law says that any business which willingly sells or serves alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer may be responsible for injuries that customer causes or suffers while under the influence.

To say that another way: If the trio of men were out drinking somewhere before heading down Tangerine Avenue, and the driver lost control because he was too impaired to drive, then whatever business served up their drinks may now have a duty to help them recover--including the family of the man who died.

I'm not claiming to know exactly how things happened in El Paso County. Police clearly have their suspicions and I have no reason to question them, but it's also important to track down all the relevant details and ensure the whole story is found out. The victims and their loved ones deserve all the answers and help they can get.

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