• December 13, 2022

Benjamin Orozco Killed in Truck Accident on SH 18 in Pecos County, TX

Pecos County, TX — July 29, 2022, 34-year-old Benjamin Orozco died in a single-vehicle truck accident on State Highway 18 in Pecos County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:30 a.m. on Highway 18 near mile marker 392. Preliminary investigation suggests Orozco was driving a commercial Dodge Ram 3500 pickup north on the highway when he may have lost control for unknown reasons. The truck swerved right and hit a guardrail, then went airborne and crashed into a culvert.

Orozco, allegedly not wearing a seat belt, suffered fatal injuries in the accident.

No further information is available at this time.

Benjamin Orozco Killed in Truck Accident on SH 18 in Pecos County, TX

Commentary on Benjamin Orozco Accident in Pecos County

People see a single-vehicle truck wreck and just assume that the driver must have done something wrong. Statistically speaking that may be the most likely explanation, but it certainly can't be taken for granted either. There are many reasons a vehicle might drift out of its lane, and while some would be within the driver's control others would be anything but. Did anyone look into whether the truck malfunctioned or had manufacturing defects? Did a tire blow out? Was the road wet or otherwise hazardous? Did the victim have any medical conditions that could have taken his control away? Could another vehicle have forced the victim off the road but left the scene?

Likely or not, these things can and do cause deadly wrecks every day. However, investigating them usually requires more thorough independent investigations above and beyond police efforts. Getting a family the answers they deserve should be a priority, which is why I always prefer to see accidents like this in the hands of independent professionals who know what to look for.

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