• August 03, 2022

Alejandra Trejo, Child Killed in Car Accident in Brownsville, TX

Brownsville, TX -- July 31, 2022, Alejandra Trejo and a child were killed due to an accident where a vehicle rolled over off-road.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 4:25 p.m. along FM 511 near Dr. Hugh Emmerson Road.

It appears that 18-year-old Alejandra Trejo and her baby were in a vehicle traveling along FM 511. The driver, a 17-year-old boy, may have fallen asleep, causing the vehicle to go off-road. It then crashed and overturned, ejecting Trejo and the child.

Reports say both Trejo and the child sustained fatal injuries. Authorities say that Trejo and the child were not properly secured, though they mentioned that the child was in a car seat. At this timem additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Commentary on Alejandra Trejo Car Accident in Brownsville

I just want to be clear that I'm not commenting on this unbelievable tragedy to upset anyone. It's simply that I have seen far more similar accidents in my life than the average person, and it's important to point out complex issues folks may not generally consider. For example, here, I can't help wondering if police are correct that the victims weren't properly secured. Is that true, or did something fail to protect the victims?

Alejandra Trejo, Child Killed in Car Accident in Brownsville, TX

Generally speaking, when someone is thrown from a vehicle, it's usually due to them not being properly secured. However, there are so many of these incidents that it simply doesn't align with research that shows most people do wear their seatbelts. What does this mean? Well, it means that some of those people that police say weren't properly secured actually were, but some sort of defect caused the seatbelts or perhaps even the seat assembly itself to fail.

Put simply, there are ways to tell if a victim was properly secured, but police don't always have the training or equipment to look into that sort of thing. As such, independent investigations here could show that these victims did everything right yet still lost their lives because something they trusted failed to work as intended. Maybe nothing unusual happened here, but I always talk about the importance of ensuring families know they're getting the full story. I can think of few situations, if any, where that's more true than someone's child and grandchild losing their lives.

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