• October 18, 2022

Rodrigo Polanco Killed in Rollover Accident on TX-115 near Kermit

Winkler County, TX — October 16, 2022, 54-year-old Rodrigo Juarez Polanco died in a single-vehicle rollover accident on State Highway 115 near Kermit.

Authorities say the incident happened around 11:00 a.m. on TX-115 south of town. Preliminary investigation suggests Polanco was northbound in a Dodge Ram, allegedly traveling at speeds unsafe for weather and road conditions, when the pickup hydroplaned and slid into the west barrow ditch. It then overturned and rolled into a nearby field.

Polanco suffered fatal injuries in the accident. A passenger in the pickup was reportedly unhurt. Both were said to be wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

No further information is currently available.

Rodrigo Polanco Killed in Rollover Accident on TX-115 near Kermit

Commentary on Rodrigo Polanco Accident near Kermit

If reports have their facts straight police seem to think speeding on a wet road was the primary cause of this accident. I don't have any specific reason to argue with their findings, but I've done this for long enough to wonder if they really invested the time and energy to learn whether there's more to the story.

I don't mean that as an insult to law enforcement; I just know they have many competing priorities and only so much time to devote to traffic accidents--even fatal ones. In their haste to find a simple and plausible explanation, sometimes important details get overlooked or omitted. When the eventual police report doesn't reflect all the facts, obviously that's a problem for victims and families if they go looking for answers or help. That's why I wrote something up to help folks know what should be looked into after a solo crash--and who should do the looking.

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