Sabrina Salazar Injured in Rollover Accident on East Fwy in Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX — January 22, 2022, 31-year-old Sabrina Salazar was seriously injured in a rollover crash on the East Freeway in Fort Worth.
According to reports the incident happened around 3:50 p.m. on the East Freeway near Brentwood Stair. Preliminary investigation suggests 31-year-old Antonio Morales was driving a Jeep Patriot east on the freeway; he later told investigators he was cut off and forced to swerve by a pickup truck. A witness told police the Jeep abruptly switched lanes and lost control while trying to make a last-second exit; no pickup was mentioned.
The Jeep ran off the south side of the road into the bar ditch where it overturned and rolled. Passenger Sabrina Salazar was seriously injured in the crash; Morales received minor injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Sabrina Salazar Accident in Fort Worth
I don't know anything more about this crash than what reports say, and things may have gone exactly as described. However, I've done this long enough that I know to take first impressions from police with a grain or two of salt. For instance, I've learned that they're a little too eager to say someone wasn't wearing a seat belt just because they weren't strapped in when police arrived.
That may seem like a reasonable conclusion, but it's not always the case and frankly shouldn't be assumed. If police find someone in a place besides their seat at a crash scene (thrown out of the vehicle or into another seat), they'll almost invariably report that person's seat belt wasn't used. However, that clashes with many studies which say the majority of people in vehicles actually do buckle up. I'm sure that police are sometimes right about belt use, but not as often as it's stated in crash reports.
That's why instead of blaming the victim for not buckling up it'd be better to look into whether her restraints functioned properly. Belts break, fail to tighten, and come apart at the buckle during crashes more often than most people would think, yet in many of those situations reports still point fingers at people whose only mistake was trusting a safety feature. If police make up their minds that someone goofed but that person disagrees, it often takes independent investigations to end the confusion with clear evidence.