• October 07, 2022

Karen Longoria Killed in Pedestrian Accident on Cotton Street in Longview, TX

Longview, TX — October 4, 2022, Karen Longoria was fatally struck by a vehicle while opearting a motorized wheelchair on East Cotton Street in Longview.

Authorities say the incident happened around 4:50 a.m. along the 2400 block of East Cotton Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Longoria was on a motorized wheelchair in or near the road when investigators say she failed to yield to a westbound vehicle. The other vehicle struck her in the road and she suffered fatal injuries. After the collision the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Karen Longoria Accident in Longview

Early reports about this accident don't have many specifics. I'm not coming down on anyone for not having a clear picture so soon after the incident, but hopefully police are hard at work filling in some of the many remaining blanks. However, 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 extenuating details that could make a world of difference in understanding what happened--and whether anyone should be held accountable for the damage done.

Karen Longoria Killed in Pedestrian Accident on Cotton Street in Longview, TX

With that in mind there's still a lot of questions that should be answered: Where exactly was the victim in relation to the road? Was the wheelchair moving 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 all the answers they can get about their loss; will law enforcement take the time and care to get those answers?

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