Carmen and Kevin Corpus Killed in Wrong-Way Crash on US-90W in San Antonio, TX
UPDATE (September 26, 2022): Authorities have identified the people killed in this crash as Carmen Corpus (21) and Kevin Corpus (22).
San Antonio, TX — September 23, 2022, two people died in a wrong-way collision with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 90 in San Antonio.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:00 a.m. in the area of US-90 West and Cupples Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a white Nissan Altima was traveling east in the westbound lanes, against traffic, when it approached a Volvo 18-wheeler. The truck driver told investigators he swerved to avoid a collision but the car mirrored the maneuver and the two crashed head-on.
The car's driver and passenger died at the scene. The truck driver was unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Carmen and Kevin Corpus Accident
Folks may see that the car was reportedly headed the wrong way and call that the main reason for the accident and the victims' tragic injuries. The news seems to lean that direction as well; I don't have any specific reason to argue with them, but what if it's not the whole story?
For instance, even if the car traveled the wrong way there's still the urgent question of why. People don't generally do that for no reason, so what put the car in the oncoming lane? Was the driver awake, alert, and committing their full attention to the road? Is signage in that area missing or confusing? Considering the time of night and the reported circumstances of the crash, could impairment have been an issue? Was anything wrong with the car? Could the truck driver reasonably have taken any other action to avoid the collision?
None of those questions and the others like them that still need answers are about pointing fingers or arguing with police. I'm only saying what I always do: When someone is hurt or killed in an accident it's best to understand all the specifics--which also may be needed to hold the right parties accountable for the damage done. For instance, if intoxication was a factor then a local business may be partly responsible for the victims' tragic injuries under dram shop law. Will police be thorough enough to find the whole story, or should independent experts step in to take another look?