• August 15, 2022

Granvil Lee Oden Killed in Semi-Truck Accident in Midland County, TX

UPDATE (September 15, 2022): Recent details have been released which claim that the crash was the result of Jesus Castanon being under the influence of alcohol. After the crash which killed Granvil Lee Oden, authorities say that Castanon eventually admitted to drinking. They claim that they obtained test results after the crash showing between a .137 and .143 BAC--nearly twice the legal limit. Reports show there are pending charges for intoxication manslaughter due to the death of Granvil Lee Oden. Additional details at this time are pending further investigations.

Midland County, TX -- August 12, 2022, Granvil Lee Oden was killed in , due to an accident where a semi-truck crashed into Oden's vehicle.

According to initial reports from the Texas DPS, the crash happened at around 4:00 p.m. along I-20.

Granvil Lee Oden Killed in Semi-Truck Accident in Midland County, TX

It appears that 82-year-old Granvil Lee Oden, of Lovington, New Mexico, was traveling westbound in a Jeep Grand Cherokee. From eastbound lanes, reports say a semi-truck somehow lost control and careened over the median. Doing so, it crashed into Oden's vehicle.

Oden sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. The truck driver, identified as Jesus Gertrudis Castanon, was treated and released. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Granvil Lee Oden Truck Accident in Midland

If the recent allegations against this truck driver prove to be true, then it's just about the most infuriating result that could have come from these investigations. Most of the time, this sort of thing is the result of someone being on their phone, falling asleep at the wheel, or failing to replace worn tires. As outrageous as those factors are, they don't hold a candle to a driver getting drunk and driving a commercial truck, of all things. What requires further investigations, however, is whether or not the accused was working for a company at the time.

There are two primary reasons those steps would be so important. For one, truck drivers very rarely wake up suddenly and decide to start drinking and driving. More often than not, it's a persistent issue that a reasonably attentive employer would be able to catch and put a stop to. If they fail to, it can be due to their inattention or perhaps even intentional disregard of the problem. A company like that can only continue putting lives at risk until someone teaches them a lesson.

Secondly, even a crash like this requires extensive steps to ensure the victim's loved ones can fight for the resolution they deserve. I've had cases involving truck drivers on drugs, and their employers will still do everything in their power to avoid responsibility while there's a grieving family in desperate need of help and closure. Those companies simply don't care about the victims and families. That's why it usually requires families seeking out independent help that knows how to deal with these trucking companies before they can really take steps forward. It would not surprise me if the same proved true. Are folks taking this crash seriously rather than just assuming authorities will handle everything on their own?

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