• September 28, 2022

Ricardo Davila Killed in UTV Accident on Highway 73 in Port Arthur, TX

Port Arthur, TX — September 27, 2022, 52-year-old Ricardo Davila died when a side-by-side UTV crashed with a box truck on State Highway 73 in Port Arthur.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 10:00 a.m. on the 1800 block of Texas 73 near Lakeside Place, on the west side of town. Preliminary investigation suggests Davila approached the westbound highway from the north and may have tried to drive his Kubota UTV directly southward through the roadway. He allegedly entered the path of a westbound Peterbilt box truck and the vehicles collided.

Davila was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the UTV reportedly received possible injuries.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.

Ricardo Davila Killed in UTV Accident on Highway 73 in Port Arthur, TX

Commentary on Ricardo Davila Accident in Port Arthur

Police seem to feel the victim of this accident made an unsafe choice by trying to run through the perpendicular roadway as traffic approached. I have no specific reason to doubt them, but at the same time I wonder if they weighed all the possible explanations for that--or if they just settled on recklessness and moved on without much further contemplation. I can't be the only one who thinks there might be more to the story, and I can't imagine the frustration the victim's loved ones must feel at having few real answers.

Speaking of answers, I hope police will be as thorough as is needed to find them. Over the years I've found that law enforcement tends to stick to a pretty beaten path in terms of what they check for--signs of intoxication, speeding, distraction, and other driver mistakes usually top that list, and they'll look primarily for those and other common factors. Unfortunately, less-common ones like vehicle malfunctions or defects, bad roads, or sudden medical emergencies don't get the same kind of consideration and important details often slip through the cracks.

If they don't find clear evidence of what happened and other priorities tug at them, authorities aren't above just writing down a best guess and moving on. That kidn of "close enough" investigation can be hugely problematic for folks seeking answers and help in the aftermath of wrecks like this, which is why it's often best to get independent experts to take another look.

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