Alexander Villalobos Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on Old M-205 in Mason Township, MI
Mason Township, MI — October 26, 2022, 23-year-old Alexander Villalobos died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Old M-205 in Cass County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 9:00 a.m. at Old M-205 and Autumn Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests 24-year-old Andres Rivera was driving a car on Autumn Drive when he started to turn onto the highway. He allegedly failed to yield to an eastbound semi-truck on Old M-205 and the two vehicles collided.
Villalobos, a passenger in the car, was fatally injured in the crash. Rivera was taken an area hospital. The truck driver was unhurt and was released after being interviewed.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Alexander Villalobos Accident in Mason Twp
Police suggest the victims in this accident failed to yield, but what if there's more to the story? Did the car have mechanical or brake problems? What about the driver--could a medical emergency have kept him from staying put at the sign? Did something block his view of the big rig? Was signage present and clear at the intersection? Could bad weather or hazardous road conditions have been a factor? Is there a history of similar crashes in that area? Is the intersection designed poorly? Could the truck driver have done anything differently to avoid the collision?
I'm not trying to overcomplicate things or argue with police here; unusual factors are just sometimes overlooked during preliminary investigations. For instance, there was a recent incident in West Texas where someone allegedly ran a stop sign and fatally crashed with an 18-wheeler. Reports and police blamed the victim for running the sign, but we found out later the intersection didn't even have signs at the time because road-construction crews removed them. The victim didn't know they had to stop, but until that fact was learned they were unfairly blamed.
It's unlikely the exact same thing happened in Michigan. I'm just saying that many crashes aren't as simple as they might appear and crucial details sometimes slip through the cracks. Will police be thorough enough to get the whole story, or would an independent investigation stand a better chance?