Frida Nunez-Garza, Evelina Silva Ocanas Killed in Pharr, TX Head-On Crash on Jackson Road
Pharr, TX — August 7, 2022, 21-year-old Frida Nunez-Garza and 40-year-old Evelina Silva Ocanas died in a head-on crash on Jackson Road in Pharr.
According to reports the incident happened early Sunday along Jackson near Whalen Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Nunez-Garza was driving a Honda Accord south on the road as Silva Ocanas' GMC Terrain was headed north. Reports indicate the Honda crossed left of center into the oncoming lane and crashed head-on with the Terrain.
Nunez-Garza was pronounced dead at the scene. Silva Ocanas was taken to an area hospital where she died a short time later.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Frida Nunez-Garza, Evelina Silva Ocanas Accident in Pharr
People may read the reported details of this accident and quickly blame the victim who crossed over the center line. They're likely to point a finger at one or more of the common reasons for that--things like driver distraction, falling asleep at the wheel, or even possibly impairment. Because so many crashes are ultimately found to involve one or more of those, folks have a tendency to think any crashes with the same kinds of preliminary facts will fall in the same category.
It's true those factors are common in crossover wrecks and they all deserve due consideration. Impairment in particular needs careful scrutiny in case a local business over-served the crossover driver and is partly responsible for the terrible aftermath of the wreck under Texas dram shop law.
However, it's important to be thorough and consider other possibilities as well. For instance, could the victim's tire have blown out? Did she hit a wet or unstable patch of road and lose control? Did she have health problems that could have rendered her incapable of driving? Is that stretch of road poorly designed?
That's just a handful of the many questions that still need answers before anyone decides what happened. Unusual issues contributed to crashes all the time, and yet in the haste to blame common factors they get overlooked. That means police reports and public opinion both end up mistaken, which can eventually cause serious difficulties to victims and their families if they seek answers or help.
That's why it's often best to enlist the help of independent accident reconstructionists. Those experts have the time, training, and equipment to locate every shred of evidence in order to tell a story based on nothing but objective data. Whether there are any further steps to take beyond simply bringing the truth to two grieving families depends on what that truth turns out to be.