• September 28, 2022

Irving Mendez Killed in Pedestrian Accident on Ware Rd in McAllen, TX

McAllen, TX — September 25, 2022, 20-year-old pedestrian Irving Sanchez Mendez was fatally struck by a vehicle on Ware Road in McAllen.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 6:40 a.m. on the 11800 block of North Ware Road. Preliminary investigation suggests only that Mendez was on foot in the area when he was hit and killed by a passing vehicle under unknown circumstances. The driver remained at the scene after the collision.

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

Commentary on Irving Mendez Accident in McAllen

Currently reports don't have much to say about the cause or circumstances of this crash. Hopefully police are hard at work filling in some of the many remaining blanks, but I admit I have some concerns about that.

People don't always realize that police investigations focus primarily on broken laws and little else. They put together a rough timeline of events during their investigation, but rarely dig into the subtler extenuating details that could make a world of difference in understanding what happened--and whether anyone should be held accountable for the damage done.

Irving Mendez Killed in Pedestrian Accident on Ware Rd in McAllen, TX

With that in mind there's still a lot of questions that should be answered: Where exactly was the pedestrian in relation to the road? Was he walking along it, crossing it, or just near it on a sidewalk or shoulder? What's lighting like in that area in the pre-daylight hours? Were both the driver and the victim awake, alert, and paying attention to their surroundings? If not, why not? Could or should anything realistically have been done differently to avoid the collision?

Those questions and the many others like them still waiting for answers aren't about finding a "bad guy" or arguing with police findings. The point is just to ensure that all the specifics of the accident are known. The victim's loved ones deserve no less than all the answers they can get about their loss; will law enforcement provide them before its investigation is over?

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