• November 17, 2022

Amber Ponce Killed in Rollover Crash on I-35 South in San Antonio, TX

UPDATE (November 29, 2022): The passenger who lost her life in this crash has been identified as 33-year-old Amber Ponce. According to reports, driver James Chancellor has been charged with murder in relation to Ms. Ponce's death.

UPDATE (November 21, 2022): Sources have identified the driver of the crashed vehicle as James Chancellor. Police are still investigating the cause and circumstances of the crash that killed Chancellor's unidentified passenger.

San Antonio, TX — November 17, 2022, one person died in a single-vehicle rollover accident on Interstate 35 in San Antonio.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 3:00 a.m. along I-35 South at the Frio exit. Preliminary information suggests Bexar County deputies noticed a vehicle traveling far under the speed limit on the highway and instructed the driver to pull over. The driver allegedly took off instead, but before a chase began the car hit a concrete barrier and flipped over it.

The car's passenger died at the scene and its driver received serious injuries. Investigators say the vehicle's 19-year-old driver had active felony warrants.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Amber Ponce Accident in San Antonio

The young driver's standing with the law isn't my place to talk about; that's between him and the courts. However, warrants don't make a car crash and that's the part I think needs more attention here. Why did the vehicle go out of control and hit the barrier? Did the driver just lose control while speeding away from police? Was he impaired in some way and unable to operate normally? Or was something wrong with the car, like a malfunction or a defect? Did its safety features work correctly during the crash?

The point isn't to overcomplicate things or make accusations, but someone lost their life in this accident and it's best to learn precisely how and why that occurred. Will police efforts alone be enough to get some badly-needed answers for that woman's family?

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