Guadalupe Ortega-Ariza Killed in Rollover Crash on I-20 in Eastland County, TX
Eastland County, TX — November 24, 2022, 40-year-old Guadalupe Ortega-Ariza died in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 20 in Eastland County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 10:00 a.m. on I-20 near mile marker 353, east of Ranger. Preliminary investigation suggests 27-year-old Alfredo Ariza Guerrero was driving a lifted Chevy Silverado east on the highway when he lost control, possibly due to rainy conditions and wet roads in the area. The pickup drifted into the median and Guerrero overcorrected, at which point the truck overturned.
Guadalupe Ortega-Ariza died in the crash. Alfredo Ariza Guerrero was treated at the scene and released.
No further information is available at this time.
Police later said that the driver who crashed on I-20 was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. They collected blood samples for DWI testing and results haven't come back yet, but if those tests confirm their suspicions there may be other issues to investigate as well.
Having said that, though, it's important not to jump to any conclusions or treat impairment as a done deal just because it was suspected at the scene. I'm not saying they're wrong, but it's also important to consider the full context of the accident and whether anything else contributed. For instance, police said weather and road conditions were less than ideal at the time and the truck that crashed had after-market lift alterations--meaning its chances of rolling over were probably increased. Could those have been factors?
People may not understand my desire to know every detail, but a man lost his life here. That's more than enough reason to get all the way to the bottom of things and deliver any and all possible answers to his loved ones. They deserve no less than the whole story, so I hope authorities made a diligent effort to get it.