• November 15, 2022

Jesus Munoz Iturralde, Passengers Killed in Crash with Semi-Truck on SH 21 in Bastrop County, TX

UPDATE (December 13, 2022): Sources have identified the van driver killed in this collision as 36-year-old Jesus Munoz Iturralde.

Bastrop County, TX — November 14, 2022, three people died when a van and a semi-truck collided on State Highway 21 in Bastrop County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:00 p.m. on Highway 21 near Voss Parkway. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford van was towing a trailer southwest on the highway when the driver braked near a gas station. Reports indicate the van's brakes locked up and it began to side-skid on the wet road. It partially entered the northeast-bound lane and was hit by an oncoming tractor-trailer.

After the impact the van spun backward through the road and semi-truck ran off the road and hit a utility pole.

The van's three occupants were pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was taken to an area hospital in unknown condition.

No further information is currently available.

Jesus Munoz Iturralde, Passengers Killed in Bastrop County, TX Crash with Semi-Truck

Commentary on Jesus Munoz Iturralde Accident in Bastrop County

I often stress the importance of keeping an open mind after any crash, no matter what preliminary reports may say. A second, more careful look sometimes confirms what police thought at the outset, but I've also worked on plenty of cases where vital information was found that law enforcement missed--things that completely changed how a crash was perceived. Could there be more to the story here? If so and police already have a story they're satisfied with, should someone else take another look? At the very least the victims' loved ones deserve to know no stone was left unturned; will the efforts of law enforcement be enough to give them that assurance?

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