Eddie Santana Killed in El Paso, TX Pedestrian Accident on MLK Blvd
El Paso, TX — November 6, 2022, 38-year-old pedestrian Eddie Santana was fatally hit by an SUV and a big rig on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in El Paso.
Authorities say the incident happened early Sunday morning along the 12800 block of MLK. Preliminary investigation suggests Santana was walking in the middle of the roadway when he was hit by a northbound Chevy Equinox. Moments later a semi-truck approached, and while the driver swerved to avoid Santana the truck's trailer still hit him.
Santana was pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Eddie Santana Accident in El Paso
When they read that a pedestrian was walking in a heavily-trafficked roadway at night, some may be inclined to write off the crash as his fault without much further thought. While admittedly that seems like a dangerous place to be on foot, there may be more to the story.
That's not to unduly blame either driver that hit him, but the law is nuanced enough to acknowledge multiple factors can contribute to just about any kind of accident. Even if the drivers acted as model citizens at the wheel (both hands steering, awake, alert, sober, paying attention, going the speed limit, headlights on, etc), investigators must figure out if there were any other circumstances involved.
For instance, sometimes a pedestrian ends up walking through a roadway after getting disoriented due to being intoxicated. I'm making no accusations, but that may be a possibility investigators at least consider when trying to connect the dots. If it's discovered that alcohol played a part in the victim's risky choices, then a bar or other alcohol vendor may be liable for his death under Texas dram shop law.
Having said that, I have no reason to suspect or assume alcohol was a factor. This may just be an unfortunate matter of a man walking somewhere he presumed safe that proved otherwise. I just believe accidents like this merit as deep a look as any other--if only to ensure that the victim's loved ones get a full and true account of what happened.