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 sedan was traveling east in the westbound lanes, against traffic, when it collided head-on with an 18-wheeler.
The car's driver and passenger died at the scene. The truck driver was unhurt.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on San Antonio Wrong-Way Accident on US-90W
Folks may see that the car was reportedly headed the wrong way and say that the wreck, while clearly tragic, may be mostly that driver's doing. The news, while vague, seems to lean that direction as well; I don't have any specific reason to argue with that, but it may also not be the entire story.
For instance, even if the car traveled the wrong way on the interstate there's still the urgent question of why. What happened that 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 the driver have been intoxicated? Was anything wrong with the car? Could the truck driver reasonably have taken any 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 in everyone's best interests to understand all the specifics, as they're usually needed to ensure everyone responsible is held accountable. For instance, if intoxication turns out to be a factor here then a local business may be responsible for the victims' tragic injuries under Texas dram shop law. Will police be careful and thorough enough to find the whole story for the victims' families, or should independent experts step in to take another look?