• December 02, 2022

Kristopher Godinez Injured in Car Accident on FM 1382 in Cedar Hill, TX

Cedar Hill, TX — April 12, 2022, 35-year-old Kristopher Godinez was injured in an auto accident on FM 1382 in Dallas County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:00 p.m. on FM 1382 at East Belt Line Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Godinez was driving a Chevy Sonic north on the roadway when he reportedly turned left as the light was yellow. A Nissan Frontier approached the intersection from the north and also attempted to beat the yellow light, causing the car and the SUV to collide in the intersection.

Godinez suffered serious injuries in the collision. The Nissan driver reportedly received minor injuries.

No further information is available at this time.

Kristopher Godinez Injured in Car Accident on FM 1382 in Cedar Hill, TX

Commentary on Kristopher Godinez Accident in Cedar Hill

I don't have any particular reason to doubt what police say happened here, but I've also seen them overlook important details often enough to wonder whether there's any more to the story. Failure to yield while turning was cited as the main reason for the crash, but did investigators look into any other potential factors? What about road conditions? Vehicle malfunctions or defects? Both drivers' speeds? What about anything else, inside or outside of the vehicles, that could have contributed to the crash?

Things don't have to be more complicated than the narrative in reports, but I know from long experience that sometimes if there's a "good enough" explanation that the investigation stops there and misses other critical details. If police might have let something important slip through the cracks, should someone else have another look?

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