• October 05, 2022

Juan Torres Killed, Brittany Esquivel Injured in Crash on US-84 near Lawn, TX

Lawn, TX — October 2, 2022, 75-year-old Juan Torres died and 35-year-old Brittany Esquivel was injured in a fiery accident on U.S. Highway 84 in Taylor County.

Authorities say the incident happened Sunday evening along US-84, roughly half a mile outside Lawn. Preliminary investigation suggests Torres was driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck south on the highway when police believe he slowed to make a turn into a private drive. Moments later Esquivel's southbound Lincoln MKS sedan crashed into the pickup. After the impact both vehicles ran off the road and caught fire.

Torres was pronounced dead at the scene. Esquivel was transported in serious but stable condition to an area hospital.

No further information is currently available.

Juan Torres Killed, Brittany Esquivel Injured in Crash on US-84 near Lawn, TX

Commentary on Juan Torres, Brittany Esquivel Accident near Lawn

Police later added that the man who lost his life in this accident was slowing to turn into his home's driveway and that the woman who rear-ended his truck may have been briefly distracted and possibly speeding. I can't speak to the accuracy of either of those allegations, but a witness also seems to have refuted the striking driver's claims that the truck's lights were off.

As with most wrecks, the way to resolve any disputes about what exactly happened is to round up all the clear facts possible and let them do the talking. Did the car's speedometer freeze on impact as they often do? Both drivers had blood drawn for toxicology tests; will the results show either was under the influence? Are there lights along that stretch of road? Does evidence suggest the pickup's lights were on or off? Are there other sources of data that could further illuminate what really happened and why?

Not every crash is exceptionally complicated, but most are actually more complex than a few sentences in a news or police report make them seem. It's always important to know the whole story--to eliminate conflict and confusion, but also to ensure that no one is incorrectly blamed. It's best to extend the benefit of the doubt to those involved until clear evidence can say more. Did or will police find enough facts to make sense of this terrible incident?

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