• September 29, 2022

Juvencio Juarez-Marquez Killed in Auto Accident on TX-158 in Midland County

Midland, TX — September 27, 2022, Juvencio Juarez-Marquez died in a three-vehicle accident on State Highway 158 in Midland County.

Authorities say the incident happened Tuesday evening in both lanes of Highway 158. Preliminary investigation suggests Juarez-Marquez was driving a Dodge 3500 pickup east on the highway when for unknown reasons he crashed into a trailer pulled by another 3500 truck. After the impact the trailer swung wide into the oncoming lane and crashed with a westbound semi-truck.

Juarez-Marquez was taken to a Midland hospital where he was pronounced dead. No other injuries were reported.

The crash remains under investigation. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Juvencio Juarez-Marquez Accident in Midland County

UPDATE (November 16, 2022): Later reports indicate the accident victim had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .14 at the time. I don't say that with any judgment or to sully his name; confirmation that he was over the legal limit for intoxication may just mean someone else is partly responsible for his fatal injuries.

Texas dram shop law holds businesses that over-serve alcohol responsible for the injuries their intoxicated patrons cause or suffer while excessively impaired. Not every DWI crash involves a law-breaking bar, but finding out where the drinks came from is an important and often-neglected step when helping victims and families seek justice. So will police do anything about that, or will holding a dangerously-reckless bar accountable fall to someone else?

Juvencio Juarez-Marquez Killed in Auto Accident on TX-158 in Midland County

ORIGINAL: A common mistake I see after the news reports on a crash is people thinking what they read must be all there is to know. The news says the victim hit another truck's trailer and seems to have triggered the incident, so what else could there be to say?

Maybe it's just decades in this line of work talking, but I see a lot of missing details I'd consider necessary for a fuller comprehension of events. For instance: how fast was the victim traveling? What about the pickup ahead of him? Did that second truck slow or brake for any reason? If so, did the trailer's brake lights work properly? Was the victim's full attention on the road ahead, or was he distracted by something? If so, what? What were visibility and road conditions like in the area at the time? Could any other factors have influenced events?

The point of asking questions like that isn't to overcomplicate things or find a specific "bad guy," nor am I arguing with how police said things happened. I'm only suggesting that it's generally in people's best interests to have the whole story, supported by facts, rather than jumping to any conclusions. A careful and thorough investigation might confirm what police originally though, but a man's life ended in this wreck and that seems like more than enough reason to do the job right and eliminate any confusion or doubt. Will police take the necessary steps to see that done, or should independent experts take another look?

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