• December 12, 2022

Amanda Tamez Killed in Auto Accident on SH 44 in Jim Wells County, TX

Alice, TX — December 10, 2022, 48-year-old Amanda Tamez died in a traffic accident on State Highway 44 in Jim Wells County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 11:15 a.m. along Highway 44 at Highway 359 in Alice. Preliminary investigation suggests a Toyota Corolla was northbound when the driver allegedly ran a stop sign at the junction, then started to turn east onto TX-359. As it turned it was hit on the driver's side by an eastbound Dodge Charger.

Tamez, a passenger in the Toyota, was fatally injured in the crash. The driver was airlifted from the scene to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. It's unclear if anyone in the Charger was hurt.

The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.

Amanda Tamez Killed in Auto Accident on SH 44 in Jim Wells County, TX

Commentary on Amanda Tamez Accident in Alice

Police investigators seem to think this terrible accident was mostly due to someone running a stop sign. I don't have any specific reason to doubt them, but are they sure that's the whole story?

I don't mean to imply police won't get things right, but over the years I've run into many situations where other priorities, limited resources or staffing, or simply not enough hours in the day kept officers from devoting the necessary attention to a crash. It's happened enough times that I've learned to take preliminary police findings with a grain or two of salt until someone else can revisit the matter and find out if anything slipped through the cracks. Independent investigations by experts with the right tools and training might confirm this was a simple (but tragic) matter of a failure to yield, but the people affected deserve to know no stone was left unturned.

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