Tony Vance Killed in Pedestrian Accident off Loop 250N in Odessa, TX
Odessa, TX — September 13, 2022, 57-year-old pedestrian Tony Ray Vance was struck and killed by a vehicle on the Loop 250 service road in Odessa.
Authorities say the incident happened around 10:00 p.m. on the 4300 block of the West Loop 250N service road. Preliminary investigation suggests the Vance was trying to cross through the road on foot when he allegedly failed to yield the right-of-way to an approaching vehicle that struck him.
Vance suffered fatal injuries in the collision.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Tony Vance Accident in Odessa
Pedestrian accidents can be complex despite many people thinking otherwise. I've heard "Either the pedestrian was in a crosswalk or they were at fault" more times than I care to count, but every accident--including one with a pedestrian--is more nuanced than that. For one thing, it's important to find out how avoidable it was (or should have been).
Put simply, even if a pedestrian walks somewhere he shouldn't drivers still have a responsibility to avoid him if at all possible. That means if a driver acting in all ways as a reasonably prudent person would (hands on the wheel, eyes on the road, sober, etc) could arguably have seen and avoided the victim, then someone who hit him may have done something wrong. However, if investigation shows the driver truly couldn't have done anything else then it wouldn't be right to hold them accountable.
I'm not accusing either involved party of wrongdoing or saying I know more than police investigators. Ultimately I'm only saying what I so often do: Even if preliminary reports seem fairly straightforward, it's always best to carefully investigate all the possible factors in search of the whole truth. If there are other issues to consider, that will only be learned by finding all the details.