Maria Robles Killed in Pedestrian Accident on Camino Del Sol in Oxnard, CA
Oxnard, CA — November 3, 2022, 51-year-old pedestrian Maria Robles was struck and killed by a semi-truck on Camino Del Sol in Oxnard.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:00 a.m. at Camino Del Sol and Kinetic Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Robles was crossing the intersection on foot when a semi-truck driver started to turn right from westbound Camino Del Sol onto Kinetic. The truck hit Robles in the roadway; the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police.
Robles was pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation continues but impairment is not a suspected factor at this time. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Maria Robles Accident in Oxnard
Some people tend to write off accidents like this as a pedestrian's fault for walking through a busy road with no crosswalk (images don't show any at the mentioned intersection). However, the law doesn't lump every accident together that way--it's far more nuanced and situational than that. When considering a crash like this prudent investigators look into its full context and how ultimately avoidable it was or should have been.
Put simply, all drivers must do anything reasonably within their power to keep a collision from occurring even in situations where they have the technical right-of-way. That obligation to preserve life and avoid accidents, called a standard of care, is actually elevated for professional truck drivers since they receive specialized training and the damage they can cause is significantly greater.
That doesn't mean I'm blaming the trucker in Oxnard. I'm only saying that this incident, like most crashes, likely needs further effort to understand it. Exactly where was the pedestrian in the roadway? How long was she there before the truck came along? Why did she enter the roadway at that time? This happened at night, so is that stretch of road well-lit? How visible should the victim have been to approaching traffic? Did anything prevent either party from noticing the other? Would a reasonably prudent professional driver have done everything the same way?
I don't ask these questions to point any undue fingers. I only want the same careful investigation any crash deserves to be sure the whole truth is found. Even if further efforts just confirm preliminary reports, it's important that only the objective facts tell the final story.