Ofc. Jacob Arellano Killed in Wrong-Way Accident on Spur 408 in Dallas, TX
UPDATE (October 17, 2022): Sources have identified 31-year-old Mayra Rebollar as the suspected wrong-way driver involved in the accident that took the life of Officer Jacob Arellano. Rebollar has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in connection to the crash, but remains in the hospital.
UPDATE (October 12, 2022): Sources have identified the officer killed in this accident as Jacob Arellano.
Dallas, TX — October 11, 2022, a Dallas police officer died in a collision with a wrong-way driver on Spur 408 in south Dallas.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before midnight along Spur 408 near Kiest Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests the officer was on his way to work, traveling in the middle lane of the spur, when another vehicle approached headed the wrong direction and hit his SUV. The impact forced the officer to swerve into the right lane where he collided with a tractor-trailer. The SUV overturned and rolled multiple times before coming to rest on the right shoulder.
The officer suffered critical injuries and died a short time later. The wrong-way driver, also critically injured, was taken to an area hospital. The truck driver was unhurt.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Wrong-Way Accident on Spur 408 in Dallas
To be rather blunt, this kind of accident more often than not involves an intoxicated driver. If that's what happened on Spur 408 then Texas law says there may be another party--one that too often gets away with no consequences--responsible for what happened. Investigators often find that a local alcohol vendor contributed to the crash by illegally over-serving the wrong-way driver; those businesses can be held responsible for the damage done under dram shop law.
Put simply, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Why does that come up so often in wrong-way crashes? Well, let's consider how someone gets on the wrong side of an interstate.
Generally speaking, these roads are divided by a median and accessed from service road on-ramps. Someone entering them the wrong way usually has to go the wrong way on their service road, pass multiple "Wrong Way" warning signs, and maybe even pass other oncoming cars before hitting someone. Imagine the state of mind someone has to be in to accidentally do this. A person so intoxicated they can't tell anything is wrong there is almost always dangerously intoxicated, and a business getting them there may very well have done so in spite of the law saying they can't.
With all that said, I don't want to suggests I know exactly what happened here. I'm speaking from years of experience investigating similar situations that have helped recognize some possibilities, but there's always a chance something else--confusing signage, disorientation in the dark--were behind this tragic accident. The most important thing is to find answers for everyone affected; anything beyond that would depend mostly on what those answers turn out to be.