• October 17, 2022

Pedro Chel Killed by Vehicle on US-151 East in San Antonio, TX

UPDATE (November 9, 2022): Sources have identified the pedestrian who died in this accident as 38-year-old Pedro Eduardo Chel.

San Antonio, TX — October 16, 2022, a male pedestrian was fatally struck by a vehicle while crossing U.S. Highway 151 East on San Antonio's West Side.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:30 p.m. along US-151 East near Ingram Road. Preliminary investigation and information from the driver suggest he was headed east in a Mazda 3 when he collided with the pedestrian, who was allegedly walking in the same lane. The impact knocked the man into the nearby grassy median.

The pedestrian was fatally injured in the crash. The driver stopped and called for help; no charges are expected.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Pedro Chel Accident on US-151 in San Antonio

The news paints a pretty straightforward picture of someone in the wrong place at the wrong time, but few accidents are really as simple as that. Pedestrians may not necessarily be safe walking on a highway, but that doesn't make them "open season" for vehicles. If careful investigation found the driver in San Antonio was doing something that prevented them from reacting appropriately, they could still be partly responsible for the collision whether or not police felt charges were in order.

Pedro Chel Killed in San Antonio, TX Auto-Pedestrian Accident on US-151

On the other side of that, if evidence shows the driver had no way to reasonably avoid the victim then it would be unfair to hold them accountable for that. There are still questions about visibility, distraction, speeding, circumstances leading up to the accident, and many other elements to address before saying whether the wreck could have been avoided or not.

I don't know better than anyone else what happened on US-151, nor am I suggesting that pedestrians can't make mistakes or be at fault. It's just important that nobody jump to conclusions before all the facts are in. A full investigation must be conducted to be sure the victim's loved ones receive the answers they deserve.

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