• August 02, 2022

Blas Maldonado-Arreola, Patricia Ruiz-Carbajal Killed, 1 Injured in Truck Accident in Dallam County, TX

Dallam County, TX -- July 30, 2022, Blas Maldonado-Arreola and Patricia Ruiz-Carbajal were killed, one person was injured, after two vehicles collided head-on.

According to authorities the crash took place at around 10:15 p.m. along US 54 southwest of Strafford.

Officials said that 59-year-old Blas Maldonado-Arreola and 58-year-old Patricia Ruiz-Carbajal were in a pickup traveling northeast on the highway. It appears their vehicle may have crossed paths with an oncoming truck-trailer, resulting in a head-on collision.

Due to the crash, both Maldonado-Arreola and Ruiz-Carbajal sustained fatal injuries. The truck driver had reportedly non-life-threatening injuries.

Commentary on Blas Maldonado-Arreola, Patricia Ruiz-Carbajal Truck Accident in Dallam County

With a devastating crash like this, it's important that authorities are as thorough as possible. As clear as things may seem, there's just no telling what unusual factors could be involved. Did someone have a medical emergency? Were they on their phone? Did they have a tire blowout? Were they illegally over-served by a local bar? Did airbags and seatbelts function properly? Are authorities they know who actually crossed the center line first? Were there witnesses or videos of the crash?

Blas Maldonado-Arreola, Patricia Ruiz-Carbajal Killed, 1 Injured in Truck Accident in Dallam County, TX

Common or not, I've seen just about any factor one could imagine contribute to a serious crash like this. Without thorough independent investigations, important information can easily slip through the cracks. One of the biggest mistakes I see--even from some attorneys out there--is taking early reports at face value. There's no telling what other factors could be involved until efforts are made to ensure nothing important slipped through the cracks. Are those steps being taken here? Are those affected by this tragedy getting the full story?

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