Heriberto Solis Killed in Three-Vehicle Accident on SH 48 in Cameron County, TX
UPDATE (October 25, 2022): The victim of this accident has been identified as 71-year-old Heriberto Solis.
Cameron County, TX — October 23, 2022, one person died in a three-vehicle collision on State Highway 48 in Cameron County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 10:15 p.m. along SH 48. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford Ranger pickup truck was stopped for unknown reasons in the highway's eastbound lane, facing south with its lights off.
Soon afterward a GMC Sierra headed east in the outside lane crashed into the stopped Ford. The impact sent the Ford into the westbound lanes where it was hit by an oncoming Chevy Malibu.
The Ford driver was ejected during the collisions. He was taken to a Brownsville hospital where he was pronounced dead. The condition of the other two drivers is unknown.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Heriberto Solis Accident in Cameron County
Investigators clearly have more work to do before anyone could really say exactly why this terrible incident happened the way it did. Some may read the preliminary details and say that, while tragic, the crash seems to be mostly the doing of the victim parked across the travel lanes in the dark.
That certainly seems like a big part of what happened, but there's also very little insight currently about why that was the case. How long was the pickup sitting there? Did the driver park it that way deliberately or was he stranded there after something went wrong? Did something in the vehicle malfunction or have a defect that stopped it in the road? If the driver consciously chose to stop there, why? Widening the focus beyond the Ford, what's visibility like in that area? Were the approaching drivers who hit the victim awake, alert, and paying attention to their surroundings?
None of that is meant to speculate or overcomplicate things, and I am making zero assumptions about who or what is to blame for what happened. I think most would agree that it's best to make every effort to find out how and why a man lost his life on a dark stretch of highway. If police are content with the superficial story about a truck parked in a dangerous spot at night and don't plan to look much further, maybe the victim's loved ones would be better served by independent experts having another look on their behalf.