• August 29, 2022

Jessie Owen Killed in Rollover Accident on Eastridge Road in Odessa, TX

Odessa, TX — August 25, 2022, 30-year-old Jessie Owen died in a single-vehicle accident on Eastridge Road in Odessa.

Reports say the incident happened around 10:50 p.m. on the 7200 block of Eastridge. Preliminary investigation suggests Owen was driving a Dodge Journey at alleged high speeds east on the roadway when his vehicle may have had a tire failure. It then left the roadway and rolled over multiple times, coming to rest in a nearby field.

Owen was ejected during the rollover and suffered fatal injuries.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Jessie Owen Killed in Rollover Accident on Eastridge Road in Odessa, TX

Commentary on Jessie Owen Accident in Odessa

In many cases where vehicle defects aren't glaringly obvious, they go unnoticed and something else gets blamed for a crash. Because of this, many defects fly under the radar until many people have suffered similar fates.

Consider the GM ignition switch recall from a few years ago: A small part that affected numerous powered parts in lots of GMC and Chevy vehicles (most infamously the Chevy Cobalt) began to fail while those vehicles were in motion. People going highway speeds would suddenly find themselves without brakes, power steering, or even airbags, all because their keyring jiggled too much or was too heavy.

The defect was ultimately responsible for hundreds of crashes, many of which were fatal. However, nobody recognized the common denominator of all those wrecks for years, and until someone did and the dots were connected many drivers were unfairly blamed for the damage done.

That's just one of many examples of the unseen and often-overlooked mechanical issues and defects behind many crashes. It's also a clear demonstration of why it's so important not to jump to any conclusions before a careful and thorough investigation is conducted.

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