Rodolfo Loya Killed in Car Accident on Hunter Rd in El Paso, TX
El Paso, TX — August 29, 2022, 80-year-old Rodolfo Loya was fatally injured in a car accident on Hunter Road in east El Paso.
Reports say the incident happened Monday on the 1800 block of Hunter. Preliminary investigation suggests Loya was exiting a Food City parking lot onto Hunter when his Ford Taurus was hit by a Nissan Sentra. Investigators say Loya failed to yield the right-of-way to the passing vehicle when leaving the lot.
Loya was taken to an area hospital where he died a short time later. The Nissan driver, 25-year-old Miguel Nevarez, was not reported as injured.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Rodolfo Loya Accident in El Paso
Reports seem pretty clear that the victim is thought to have failed to yield to cross-traffic, which triggered the accident that tragically claimed his life.
I have no reason to doubt police about that, but at the same time there are a great many reasons why vehicles collide with one another. Driver inattention and/or distraction are unfortunately common, but other things like the passing driver's speed, possible fatigue on either person's part, or even possible impairment should also be considered. More than that there are plenty of factors out of the driver's hands: Weather and road conditions, low visibility or blocked sightlines, and even vehicle defects or malfunctions must also be accounted for.
I'm not eager to overcomplicate this crash, but I think it's important after any accident to be sure its true cause and circumstances are known. It may be tempting to chalk all this up to a failure to yield and move on, but all possibilities must be properly considered. At the very least the victim deserves the benefit of the doubt and his loved ones deserve to know they're getting the whole story.