• July 27, 2022

Jessie Gutierrez Killed in Rollover Accident on FM 372 in Cooke County, TX

Cooke County, TX — July 3, 2022, 20-year-old Jessie Gutierrez was killed in a single-vehicle accident on FM 372 in Cooke County.

According to reports the incident happened around 3:15 a.m. on FM 372 near County Road 294. Preliminary investigation suggests Gutierrez was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe north on the roadway. He entered a curve at alleged unsafe speeds and partially left the roadway. He then over-corrected and the Tahoe crossed into the southbound lane; he steered the other way and the SUV overturned, then rolled several times.

Gutierrez was ejected during the rollover and was pronounced dead at the scene.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Jessie Gutierrez Accident in Cooke County

Police say speeding is thought to be a major factor in this crash, but also noted that alcohol consumption could be involved. Some may have thought the same thing after reading the crash description, but as always it's best not to jump to conclusions.

At this point no one can say for sure what specifically caused the wreck or the victim's fatal injuries. For all anyone knows it could have been something far more unusual than drinking or speeding. Mechanical problems in the vehicle, loose gravel or water on the road causing a loss of traction, or even some kind of incapacitating health problem could all have contributed, and that's just a few possibilities of many.

Jessie Gutierrez Killed in Rollover Accident on FM 372 in Cooke County, TX

I don't want to overcomplicate things. Further investigation could still show the wreck really boils down to speeding as police suspect, or alcohol could have played a role as they also suggested. If evidence confirms the second suspicion, that could also mean a local business violated dram shop law and might be liable for the driver's fatal injuries. It's an important detail to look into both to help the victim and to make the roads safer from the effects of negligent over-service.

In the meantime, though, I hope police don't focus so much on those theories that they fail to perform a thorough investigation. The victim deserves the benefit of the doubt unless objective evidence says otherwise, and his loved ones deserve every real answer they can get.

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