Cleofas Aguilar Killed in Truck Accident in Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV -- October 25, 2022, Cleofas Aguilar was killed after an accident where a utility truck hit Aguilar's vehicle.
Initial details say that the crash took place at around 2:00 p.m. along I-15 near the Cheyenne Avenue exit.
It appears that Cleofas Aguilar was in a pickup on the interstate stopped for traffic. While there, a utility truck failed to slow down and hit the back of Aguilar, causing a chain-reaction collision.
Due to the collision, Aguilar sustained fatal injuries. It's unclear if anyone else was hurt. At this time, investigations are ongoing.
Commentary on Cleofas Aguilar Truck Accident in Las Vegas
While there isn't a lot of information about what happened here, there are few scenarios in which this occurs without the truck driver being irresponsible, plain and simple. Is it possible this is some one-in-a-million crash involving something like a medical emergency or defective brakes? Sure, and I wouldn't suggest overlooking those possibilities. But frankly, of the hundreds of commercial vehicle wrecks I've handled, this sort of thing almost always comes down to distraction, speeding, or following too closely.
But as easy as that is to say, it means very little without clear evidence. As the saying goes: It's not about what you know; it's about what you can prove. To that end, folks need to understand why having independent investigators look into a deadly truck wreck is so crucial.
I don't know anything right now about the police department in charge of this nor the skills of the officers or the equipment they have available to them. But folks come to me all the time with details they got from police which were either incompletely or outright wrong. Why is that?
The main problem is priority. Departments have all kinds of responsibilities. At the end of the day, if they have to choose between all those responsibilities and accident reconstruction, the latter tends to fall relatively low on their list of what they care about and what to dedicate funding and manpower to. As a result, even serious, complicated accidents end up getting little attention, put in the hands of inexperienced officers, or brushed to the side when something "more important" comes along.
Is that always true? Of course not. I've had independent investigators look into deadly and complex crashes who were very thorough, and our independent investigations simply reaffirmed what they said. But consider that a man lost his life here. Would it really be okay to just wait around for the family to get answers? Or, would it be best to be proactive and to consider even unlikely possibilities to ensure they're getting the full story? Whether the goal is to hold someone accountable or simply to find closure, the answer should be pretty clear.