Jesus Nava Killed, Jonathan Zamora Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash on I-10 in El Paso, TX
El Paso, TX — November 8, 2022, 36-year-old Jesus Nava died and 22-year-old Jonathan Zamora was injured in a five-vehicle crash on I-10 in El Paso.
Authorities say the incident happened early Tuesday morning along I-10 near the Piedras exit. Preliminary investigation suggests 42-year-old Veronica Dashner was driving a Dodge Durango west on the freeway when she was rear-ended for unknown reasons by Nava's Chevy Camaro. Dashner lost a spare tire but managed to steer the Durango onto the shoulder; Nava exited the Camaro and started to push it off the road.
As Nava pushed his car a Nissan Altima driven by Zamora approached and hit it. Nava became stuck beneath the Nissan, which came to rest after the impact. Moments later it was hit by a Dodge Ram. A fifth vehicle reportedly struck the spare tire lost by the Durango in the first collision.
Nava died at the scene. Zamora was taken to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries. No other serious injuries were reported.
The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Multi-Vehicle Crash on I-10 near Piedras
Overall this seems like a pretty complicated wreck with a lot of moving parts. Investigators must determine many important details--particularly what caused the initial collision and why each successive driver was unable avoid the crash before them. There are a lot of questions to answer about what each driver was doing, the conditions of their vehicles as they drove, visibility, road and weather conditions, and many other details.
Having said that, I kind of wonder exactly how much time and attention El Paso PD expects to spend on this. It's fatal and it's complicated and that more than merits a full and thorough investigation, but unfortunately law enforcement is often at the mercy of limit resources and many competing priorities. Even complex wrecks that need careful reconstruction and analysis may at most get a hasty once-over and some "educated guesses" in place of facts on the report. That can cause serious problems for victims and families in search of real answers in the aftermath.
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