• November 21, 2022

Juan Gutierrez Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on US-54 in El Paso, TX

El Paso, TX — November 19, 2022, 65-year-old Juan Jose Gutierrez died in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 54 in El Paso.

Authorities say the incident happened around 11:00 p.m. on US-54 at Diana Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests only that Gutierrez was driving a Chevy Silverado pickup north on the highway when he lost control and the truck rolled over.

Gutierrez was ejected during the crash and suffered fatal injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Jose Gutierrez Accident on US-54 in El Paso

Police mentioned alcohol as a suspected factor here. I have no reason to doubt them, but I hope they're not looking at that possibility to the exclusion of all others. Single-vehicle wrecks like this happen for all kinds of reasons--bad roads, vehicle malfunctions, medical emergencies, even being run off the road by another driver--and it's important to consider them all in search of the whole truth.

Even if alcohol use is confirmed by clear evidence things could still be more complex than they seem. Many people don't realize that when someone is hurt or killed in a drunk driving accident--including the driver--any business that over-served them alcohol may be partly responsible for their injuries under Texas dram shop law. If so that business should be held accountable and make what amends it can to the victim's loved ones.

Juan Gutierrez Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on US-54 in El Paso, TX

I don't know more than reports say, which in this case isn't much yet. It's a terrible shame to see that a man lost his life this way, and my heart goes out to his family. I hope that investigators are careful and diligent and bring them any answers that can be found; if police can't or don't do so, maybe someone else should step in to help.

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