• October 31, 2022

Pedestrian Pilar Moon Killed by 18-Wheeler on I-20 in Odessa, TX

Odessa, TX — October 27, 2022, pedestrian Pilar Moon was struck and killed by a semi-truck while walking on Interstate 20 in Odessa.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:00 a.m. on the 2400 block of eastbound I-20. Preliminary investigation and witness statements indicate Moon was walking in the outside eastbound lane of the highway when an International semi-truck approached and struck her. Reports say the truck driver tried unsuccessfully to swerve away before the collision.

Moon was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Pilar Moon Accident in Odessa

Pedestrian accidents can be complex despite many people thinking they aren't. I've seen folks assume someone on foot in the highway was automatically to blame more times than I care to count, but luckily the law is far more nuanced than that kind of thinking suggests.

All a crash's variables must be considered rather than focusing purely on one detail (like someone walking in a travel lane) as it's important to find out how avoidable the crash was--or should have been. For example: Why was the victim walking on the highway? Reports say she was in a travel lane; was she really walking along it or just crossing through it? How long was she there before the truck came along? How visible was she? Is that area illuminated at night? Were the truck's headlights on? Was the driver's attention fully on the road? Did other vehicles successfully avoid the pedestrian? Could or should anything else have been done to avoid the collision or reduce its damage?

Pedestrian Pilar Moon Killed by 18-Wheeler on I-20 in Odessa, TX

I'm not making any accusations or suggesting I know more than police investigators. I'm only saying what I always do: Even if preliminary reports seem fairly straightforward and paint a picture of someone in the wrong place at the wrong time, it's always best to carefully investigate all the possible factors in search of the whole truth. If there are other issues to consider, that will only be learned by knowing all the details.

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