• November 17, 2022

Alicia Rivas Killed in Car Accident on SH 115 in Andrews County, TX

Andrews County, TX — November 14, 2022, 52-year-old Alicia Rivas died in a traffic accident on State Highway 115 in Andrews County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:15 p.m. along SH 115 at Farm to Market Road 181. Preliminary investigation suggests Rivas was northbound on FM 181 when she allegedly disregarded the stop sign at the highway intersection. When her Nissan Rogue entered the roadway it was hit by an eastbound Chevrolet Silverado.

Rivas suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The Chevy driver, 27-year-old Jose Lujan, was treated and released from an area hospital.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Alicia Rivas Accident in Andrews County

People may view the preliminary details of this accident, see the victim allegedly ran a stop sign, and think that's more or less all there is to know about how it happened. However, it's important to ensure that all the facts and details are learned through careful investigation.

I ran into a similar crash in West Texas some time ago, in which police said a victim ran a stop sign and was responsible for the fatal crash that followed. However, accident reconstructionists took another look and learned road crews actually removed the stop signs during construction--then didn't replace them when work was over for the day. The victim in that incident didn't know they had to stop, but until that critical detail was found they unfairly took the blame.

Alicia Rivas Killed in Car Accident on SH 115 in Andrews County, TX

That seems like a pretty important detail to overlook, doesn't it? Maybe nothing that unusual happened in Andrews County, but folks come to me for help because I know how important it is to take nothing for granted and let only the evidence tell the story. It remains to be seen if that's investigators' current plan.

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