• September 28, 2022

Bicente Lujan Jr. Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident in Crane County, TX

Crane County, TX — September 2, 2022, 45-year-old Bicente Lujan Jr. died in a single-vehicle accident on FM 1053 in Crane County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:55 p.m. on FM 1053 near mile marker 348. Preliminary investigation suggests Lujan was driving a Chevrolet Silverado south on the roadway when he lost control for unknown reasons. The pickup ran off the road into the west barrow ditch and hit a sign, then veered back into the roadway. It overturned and rolled several times through the road and exited on the east side, coming to rest in the east ditch.

Lujan was ejected in the rollover and suffered fatal injuries.

Investigators reported finding a cooler with multiple alcoholic beverages at the crash site and ordered toxicology tests.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Bicente Lujan Jr. Accident in Crane County

Police only noted "failure to maintain a single lane" as a known factor here, but after finding alcohol at the scene they noted intoxication could be involved. They collected samples for toxicological testing, but until those results come back it's best not to jump to conclusions.

At this point no one can say for sure what specifically caused the wreck or the victim's fatal injuries. For all anyone knows it could have been something far more unusual than drinking or speeding. Mechanical problems in the pickup, poor road conditions causing a loss of traction, or even a medical emergency could have sent the vehicle off the road, and that's just a few possibilities of many.

Bicente Lujan Jr. Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident in Crane County, TX

I don't want to overcomplicate things. Further investigation could still show the wreck really boils down to a loss of control as police suspect, or alcohol could have played a role as they also suggested. If tests confirm the second suspicion, that could also mean a local business violated dram shop law and might be liable for the tragic damage done by the crash. It's an important detail to look into, both in case there's a negligent business that needs a harsh lesson and to see if there's a way to help the victim's loved ones with the difficult path ahead of them.

In the meantime, though, I hope police don't focus so much on some possibilities that they neglect others. The victim deserves the benefit of the doubt unless objective evidence says otherwise, and his loved ones deserve every answer they can get.

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