• October 21, 2022

Arnold Gerardo, Ariel Lopez-Pina Killed in Car Accident on Stassney Lane in Austin, TX

UPDATE (November 2, 2022): It is our sad duty to report that two of the SUV's critically-injured occupants, 23-year-old Arnold Gerardo and 29-year-old Ariel Lopez-Pina, succumbed to the injuries they received in this crash.

The circumstances of the accident remain under investigation.

Austin, TX — October 20, 2022, six people were injured, three critically, in a traffic collision on East Stassney Lane in southeast Austin.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 7:40 p.m. in the area of 5946 East Stassney, between Teri and Burleson roads. Preliminary investigation suggests only that an SUV and a pickup truck collided in the area for unknown reasons.

Three people pinned in one of the vehicles were extricated and then rushed to area hospitals with life-threatening injuries. Three others, one of them ejected during the crash, were taken to another hospital. One more person reportedly refused medical transport.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Arnold Gerardo, Ariel Lopez-Pina Killed in Austin, TX Crash on Stassney Ln

Commentary on Austin Car Accident on Stassney Ln

There's no real telling what happened here yet, but the gravity of the injuries involved surely warrants a careful and thorough investigation--preferably by experienced independent professionals.

That's not to knock the hard work of police, but in many cases waiting for them to release a report isn't the best option for victims or families in search of answers and help. Between competing priorities, limited staff and resources, and only so much time to devote to most wrecks, officers must sometimes rush through their investigation and crucial details may slip through the cracks. When that happens and their reports are incomplete or erroneous, it's the people hurt in the wreck who suffer most for the mistakes.

Maybe that won't be an issue here and police will get to the bottom of things, but I think most would agree that the victims deserve to know no stone was left unturned in pursuit of the whole story. Any steps beyond getting answers would depend on what those answers are.

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