• August 16, 2022

Carlos Ibarbo-Flores Killed in Truck Accident on US-87 in Moore County, TX

Moore County, TX — August 15, 2022, 61-year-old Carlos Ibarbo-Flores died in a collision with a tractor-trailer at an intersection near Dumas in Moore County.

According to authorities the incident happened around 12:35 a.m. at the crossing of FM 2589 at U.S. Highway 87. Preliminary investigation suggests Ibarbo-Flores was driving a Mazda CX-7 SUV north on FM 2589 when he allegedly disregarded a stop sign at the highway intersection. When the Mazda traveled onto the highway it was hit on its driver's side by an eastbound Kenworth 18-wheeler.

Ibarbo-Flores was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver suffered serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Carlos Ibarbo-Flores Accident in Moore County

Reports suggest that vehicles on FM 2589 are meant to stop and yield to vehicles on US-87. If they have their facts straight about what happened then it's not clear why the victim didn't do so, but rather than jump to any conclusions it's important to consider all the possible explanations. Vehicle problems or defects, medical emergencies, weather and road conditions, worn or missing signage, and many other factors could have played parts.

I'm not trying to overcomplicate things here; I just know from long experience that some possibilities get overlooked during preliminary investigations. For instance, there was another incident in West Texas where someone allegedly ran a stop sign and fatally crashed with an 18-wheeler. Reports and police blamed the victim for running the sign, but we found out later the intersection didn't even have signs at the time because road-construction crews removed them. The victim didn't know they had to stop, but until that came to light they were unfairly blamed.

I'm not saying that's what happened in Moore County, just that many crashes aren't as simple as they might first appear. The victim deserves the benefit of the doubt while efforts are made to learn the full story. Will police be thorough enough to get it, or would his loved ones get better results from independent investigations?

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