Arlene Gonzalez Killed in Car Accident on Highway 34 in Kaufman County, TX
Kaufman County, TX — August 8, 2022, 18-year-old Arlene Gonzalez died in a crossover car accident on State Highway 34 in Kaufman County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:00 a.m. on Highway 34 near Kings Creek Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Ford F-150 was traveling south on the highway and had just passed by Kings Creek when Gonzalez, northbound in a Chevrolet Camaro, allegedly crossed over the center line and entered the Ford's path. The vehicles then collided head-on in the roadway. After the impact both vehicles spun away and the Camaro caught fire.
Gonzalez suffered fatal injuries in the accident. The pickup driver was treated for minor injuries and released.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Arlene Gonzalez Accident in Kaufman County
People may read about this accident and decide without much further thought that they know what caused it. They may say she made a mistake, whether it was looking at the phone, falling asleep at the wheel, or even being intoxicated (police mentioned that possibility but didn't find conclusive proof).
Further investigation may conclude something to that effect, but it's also possible that something out of the driver's control made her car go left of center, like mechanical failures or defects sending it out of control. Unfortunately, police aren't always thorough enough to consider those issues.
The point of investigating thoroughly isn't to find ways to excuse a driver, but rather to ensure that anyone else responsible for the damage done is also held accountable. For instance, the vehicle defects I mentioned could mean the bad parts' manufacturer would be liable for the crash--and also that a recall may be urgently needed to keep similar wrecks from happening in the future.
If police overlook or neglect less-likely possibilities they may reach faulty conclusions, which can interfere with victims and families getting answers and help. It's often best for independent investigators to have another look and make sure nothing slipped between the cracks.