• December 15, 2022

Jennifer Aparicio Killed in Tire Blowout Accident on I-20 in Van Zandt County, TX

Van Zandt County, TX — December 13, 2022, 27-year-old Jennifer Aparicio died when her box truck blew a tire on Interstate 20 in Van Zandt County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:30 a.m. on I-20 near mile marker 518, west of Canton. Preliminary investigation suggests Aparicio was driving a Freightliner box truck west when the vehicle blew a tire and went out of control. It ran off the road and crashed into a stand of trees, then caught on fire and became engulfed.

Aparicio was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

Commentary on Jennifer Aparicio Accident in Van Zandt County

Clearly it's serious when a tire failure causes a major wreck like this, and yet many times those incidents don't get the attention they deserve. People tend to assume something in the road just punctured the tire, and what can anyone really do about that?

It's true that road debris commonly causes blowouts, but it's not the only reason a tire might fail. For instance, what if the truck wasn't properly maintained and the tire gave way after too much wear and tear? Alternately, what if the tire was defective and it just failed unexpectedly during normal use? Neither of those has anything to do with road debris, but both are possible and could have further implications.

Jennifer Aparicio Killed in Tire Blowout Accident on I-20 in Van Zandt County, TX

None of that is meant to direct attention away from the terrible fact that a woman lost her life in this accident. Investigating the circumstances of that is mostly to ensure there are no lingering questions without answers. I've learned over the years that more than anything people who lose a loved one in an accident simply want a clear explanation, and that means ensuring no detail goes unexamined. I hope authorities took the time and care to bring some real answers to the people who needed them here, and that those answers brought some measure of peace.

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