• July 27, 2022

Martina Miranda-Barajas Killed in El Paso, TX Pedestrian Accident

El Paso, TX — July 22, 2022, pedestrian Martina Miranda-Barajas was struck and fatally injured by a vehicle at an El Paso intersection.

According to reports the incident happened around 11:40 p.m. at the crossing of Ford Blvd and Piedras Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Miranda-Barajas was crossing westward through Piedras when she was hit by a left-turning Toyota Tacoma driven by Larry Olsen.

Miranda-Barajas was taken to an area hospital for treatment of critical injuries and died on Monday, July 25. Olsen was unhurt and remained at the scene.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Martina Miranda-Barajas Accident in El Paso

There's still a lot of missing information in preliminary reports, but some folks tend to write off most pedestrian accidents without waiting for all the facts. However, every accident--including those with pedestrians--deserves more careful attention than that.

For instance, there are still many questions to resolve about the El Paso collision: How long was the victim in the road before the car arrived? Where did she come from and where was she headed? The intersection in question is light-controlled and has crosswalks and walk signals; did the victim have the signal to walk when she crossed? How well-lit is that area at night--was she hard to see? Was the driver awake, alert, and paying attention to the road? Were the pickup's headlights on?

Martina Miranda-Barajas Killed in El Paso, TX Pedestrian Accident

Those questions aren't meant to argue with police or make any accusations. I'm only saying what I so often do: Preliminary reports don't always paint a complete or accurate picture, and it's important not to treat them as the final word. It's always best to carefully investigate all the possible variables in search of the whole truth. The victim's loved ones deserve no less.

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