• September 22, 2022

Cilvia Ortiz Killed in Semi-Truck Hit-and-Run on I-37 in Atascosa County, TX

UPDATE (October 26, 2022): The victim of this accident has been identified as 33-year-old Cilvia Alanna Ortiz.

UPDATE (September 23, 2022): Sources have identified the hit-and-run truck driver involved in this accident as 32-year-old Victor Dorsey. The victim remains unidentified at this time.

Atascosa County, TX — September 21, 2022, one person died in a hit-and-run collision with a commercial truck along Interstate 37 in Atascosa County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:20 a.m. on northbound I-37 near mile marker 118, close to the Bexar County line. Preliminary investigation suggests a Volvo semi-truck collided with an SUV, causing an impact great enough to tear the passenger vehicle's driver door off.

The SUV driver suffered fatal injuries in the collision.

Reports say the truck driver fled the scene after the crash but was found and taken into custody that afternoon.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Cilvia Ortiz Hit-and-Run in Atascosa County

It seems that quick police work and public cooperation located and apprehended the suspect in this terrible incident. I'm relieved to see the turnaround was so rapid, as not every hit-and-run goes that way.

With the driver in custody, hopefully police can get some answers about why he fled the scene. There could be many different reasons for that ranging from simple panic to illegal activity (intoxication, illegal materiel in the truck or trailer, no CDL), but it's important to find out specifically what kept him from doing the right thing and helping the woman he fatally injured here.

Regardless of what the answer to that is some people may feel there's no option for the company behind that driver but to accept fault and make amends. However, the company isn't obligated to admit the driver's actions were the proximate, or direct, cause of the damage done, even with their driver facing criminal charges.

Cilvia Ortiz  Killed in Semi-Truck Hit-and-Run in Atascosa County, TX

The company might still say the victim's fatal injuries were due to something else, like bad road conditions, impaired visibility from sun glare, or--if they're feeling especially punchy--her "faulty evasive maneuvers" in failing to avoid the oncoming truck. Certainly that's heartless, but trucking defense attorneys aren't shy about pointing fingers if it means getting their clients off the hook.

All I'm really saying here is that most accidents, particularly commercial ones, are more complicated than they may appear at first. Ensuring that victims and families receive the assistance they deserve when a truck driver changes their lives for the worse generally requires plenty of indisputable evidence of exactly what happened. Unfortunately police don't always help with that, so in many cases an independent investigation is needed to fill in the blanks.

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