• September 08, 2022

Joshua Olvera Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on US-90 in San Antonio, TX

UPDATE (September 21, 2022): The driver killed in this accident has been identified as 39-year-old Joshua Olvera.

San Antonio, TX — September 5, 2022, a man in a pickup truck died in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 90 West in west San Antonio.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:00 a.m. on US-90W near Loop 410. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Chevy Silverado on the highway when he lost control for unknown reasons. The truck drifted out of its lane and hit the left guardrail, then crashed into a utility pole. It rebounded through the lanes before swerving back and hitting the guardrail a second time.

The driver was pronounced dead on the scene.

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

https://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/man-dies-after-crashing-pickup-into-guard-rail-along-west-side-highway-investigation-driver-san-antonio-police-traffic

Commentary on Joshua Olvera Accident on US-90 in San Antonio

Late-night solo wrecks like this one tend to drive people toward certain conclusions about how the driver was to blame. Fingers are quickly pointed at speeding, or distraction from a cell phone, or--particularly around 2:00 a.m.--intoxication. I'm not making any accusations myself, just noting the tendency some folks have to fill in the blanks for themselves without waiting for pesky things like evidence.

While it's true that various driver errors cause many accidents like this one, it's important not to jump to any premature conclusions. In many cases there are extenuating circumstances to consider, and yet even authorities don't always give those possibilities the attention they deserve. Understanding that a police investigation can leave some dots un-connected is important for victims and families in need of answers, and getting them more information may require digging deeper than law enforcement typically does.

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