Aurora de Lopez, Abraham Martinez Injured in Donna, TX Car Accident
Donna, TX — January 11, 2022, 39-year-old Aurora de Lopez and 28-year-old Abraham Martinez were seriously injured in a crash in Hidalgo County.
According to reports the incident happened around 9:35 p.m. on East Business Highway 83 near South 29th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests de Lopez was driving a Volvo XC60 SUVwest in the center turn lane of the highway as Martinez was driving a Chevrolet Equinox a short distance behind in the left westbound lane.
Reports say Martinez failed to control his vehicle's speed and hit the back right of the Volvo, causing it to spin out across the eastbound lanes and come to rest upright in the south ditch. The Chevy ran off the road to the north and overturned on its roof.
Both drivers suffered serious injuries in the crash.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Aurora de Lopez, Abraham Martinez Accident in Donna
Rear-end crashes like this one may seem like pretty simple matters where one driver's carelessness makes them hit another vehicle. In many cases that's pretty much the beginning and the end of the story, but what if there's more to this one?
There are often unseen factors that make a wreck like this worse than it really had to be. For instance, mechanical failures or defects in either or both vehicles could have contributed to both drivers' injuries. Many readers would be shocked to learn how often a defective or broken part is responsible for the crashes and the injuries that follow. They often go unnoticed during police investigations, and because of that the wrong people get blamed and auto manufacturers keep churning out the same bad parts or systems until someone finally connects the dots (like the GM ignition switch fiasco from a few years back).
I'm not saying vehicle failure must be the reason for the Donna wreck, but did police even consider it? They cause far more crashes than they're credited for, so I hope investigators--police or independent--take them into account. Click the image below to learn more.