• November 14, 2022

Ricardo Leyva Jr., Daniel Leyva Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on West Front Street in Midland, TX

UPDATE (November 15, 2022): Sources have identified the two people killed in this accident as 25-year-old driver Ricardo Leyva Jr. and 18-year-old passenger Daniel Leyva.

Midland, TX — November 13, 2022, a driver and passenger died in a single-vehicle accident on West Front Street in Midland.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:00 a.m. near the 200 block of West Front Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford Taurus was traveling on the roadway when it went out of control for unknown reasons. The car left the road and crashed into a concrete light-pole base in the public library parking lot.

The Ford driver was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the car was taken to a hospital in critical condition and died a short time later.

The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Ricardo and Daniel Leyva Accident in Midland

People tend to see a late-night single-vehicle accident like this one and reach some pretty hasty conclusions about how it happened. Many of those conclusions revolve around alcohol; commenters are already making guesses after news releases about this crash that the driver was impaired when they lost control. Investigators may look into that possibility at least as a matter of procedure, and if they find evidence of intoxication that could have other implications as well.

However, that's only one of many possibilities and none of them can be ignored. What if the victim's vehicle had a tire blowout or a mechanical issue? Were they distracted by something? Did they have a medical emergency? Does that stretch of road have a poor design or a lack of lighting and signage? Could the car have hit some debris or a wet area and lost traction? Did someone else run it off the road but leave the scene?

Ricardo Leyva Jr., Daniel Leyva Killed in Midland, TX Crash on West Front St

I don't mean overcomplicate things or suggest I know something police don't. I only mean that jumping to conclusions won't really help anyone. That's why it's best to make sure experienced professional investigators look into serious wrecks like this to find the whole truth. If there are further steps to take, that would depend largely on what the truth turns out to be.

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