• November 11, 2022

Maria Flores Killed, Three Injured in Crash on Loop 11 in Wichita Falls, TX

Wichita Falls, TX — November 10, 2022, 56-year-old Maria Flores died and three people were injured in a traffic accident on Loop 11 in Wichita Falls.

Authorities say the incident happened Thursday at the intersection of Loop 11 and Northwest Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests a Cadillac CTS was headed east on Northwest Drive when the driver allegedly failed to stop for a posted sign at Loop 11. The Cadillac entered the roadway and was hit by a northbound Ford Escape; the car then crashed into a nearby power pole.

Maria Flores, a passenger in the Cadillac, was fatally injured in the crash. 36-year-old driver Patricia Flores and a 2-year-old girl were both critically injured, as was the driver of the Ford Escape, later identified as 62-year-old Jefferey Dextraze. All three were transported to area hospitals.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Maria Flores Killed; Patricia Flores, Jefferey Dextraze Injured in Wichita Falls, TX Auto Accident

Commentary on Maria Flores Accident in Wichita Falls

Police seem to think this terrible accident was caused by one driver's failure to yield at a stop sign. I have no specific reason to argue with that, but over the years I've also learned to view preliminary reports with a measure of skepticism. Until someone takes a closer look and more definitive facts are found, it's best not to take the results of a police once-over as the gospel truth.

I don't mean that as an insult to police and their hard work. I'm simply aware that limited resources, staff, and training mean officers sometimes get a bit too hasty at a crash scene. They look for signs of common factors like texting or speeding, but neglect subtler or more complicated issues like medical emergencies or vehicle malfunctions.

A crash caused by driver carelessness might look exactly like one caused by brake failure, but the law would view those situations very differently. Will law enforcement's efforts be enough to find the whole story as the victims deserve?

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