Paulino Vincente Killed in Car Accident at US-79 and CR 370 in Anderson County, TX
Palestine, TX — August 29, 2022, 81-year-old Paulino Herrera Vincente died in a traffic accident at an Anderson County highway intersection.
According to reports the incident happened just after 5:30 a.m. along U.S. Highway 79 at County Road 370, around five miles north of Palestine. Preliminary investigation suggests Vincente was driving a Geo Prizm on CR 370 when he stopped at the US-79 stop sign. He then proceeded onto the highway, causing a northbound Chevy Impala to crash into the Geo in the travel lanes.
Vincente died at the scene of the wreck. The Impala driver was taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Paulino Vincente Accident in Anderson County
Reports suggest the victim failed to yield to thru-traffic in Anderson County, which in some people's minds means the wreck--while tragic--is purely a matter of driver error. Case closed...right?
Further investigation might confirm that, but there could also be more to the story. What if the victim's vehicle malfunctioned or was defective? Was signage missing or hard to see in the pre-dawn hours? It is possible the victim had some kind of medical emergency that took away his control? Could or should the other driver have done anything differently to avoid the victim's car on the highway? Might one driver or the other have been impaired?
Likely or not, those issues and others also need consideration before anyone can really say what happened. Unfortunately police don't always dig deep enough, which can be frustrating for victims and their families as they seek answers and help. That's why it's best to find out what details need more attention than they might receive from law enforcement, and who else should take a look.
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