Joseph Adrian Elolf Killed, Steven Michael Eachus, Child Injured in Car Accident in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX -- April 5, 2022, Joseph Elolf was killed and Steven Eachus and a child were hurt after a head-on car accident.
Investigators said they were called to the 16500 block of Nacogdoches Road, just off Stahl Road, at around 5:00 p.m.
It appears that 41-year-old Joseph Adrian Elolf was in a Lincoln Continental traveling along. While apparently making a turn, the Lincoln crashed nearly head-on at an angle into a Dodge Ram 1500, whose driver was identified as 41-year-old Steven Michael Eachus.
Due to the collision, authorities say Elolf sustained fatal injuries. Eachus was said to have incapacitating injuries. A child in his vehicle was said to have non-incapacitating injuries.
Right now, additional details surrounding the crash are unavailable.
Commentary on Joseph Elolf, Steven Eachus Car Accident in San Antonio
With a serious crash like this, experience has shown me it's best to ensure experienced independent investigators have a chance to look into things rather than relying solely on authorities. I don't have particular information about this crash making me think we're missing something; it's simply that some factors tend to be beyond the capabilities of the average police department.
For example, this was described as an off-set head-on collision. Why is that important? Well, one thing independent accident reconstructionists know to look into is how well the vehicles deflected the force of the impact. Some manufacturers took steps to build more modern vehicles to better withstand these angled impacts.
Other manufacturers, however, continue to skip this simply because they don't want to be inconvenienced. If that laziness contributes to someone's injuries or death, that manufacturer could be liable for their oversight, both giving folks a chance at getting help and giving those companies a kick in the butt to treat their customers better.
I'm not saying anything like that happened here, but I wouldn't rule it out unless experienced investigators were able to do so. Whether or not any of this information is telling the whole story remains to be seen.