• December 21, 2022

Teen Pedestrian Killed by Vehicle on North Loop in El Paso, TX

El Paso, TX — December 18, 2022, a 16-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle on the North Loop in El Paso.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:00 p.m. on the 9200 block of the North Loop near Excelsior Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was crossing the road, allegedly outside of a crosswalk, when he was hit by an eastbound Nissan Altima.

The teen was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on El Paso Pedestrian Accident on North Loop

People are sometimes much too quick to write off an accident like this as someone just being in a place they shouldn't. It may be true that pedestrian traffic is best suited to marked crosswalks and light-protected areas, but it's still never prudent to jump to conclusions about who or what is to blame for the tragic end of someone's life.

I don't want to speculate on what did or didn't happen on the North Loop, but if investigating accidents for nearly 30 years has taught me anything it's that few if any of them are truly simple or straightforward. A young person's life was tragically cut short, and that alone warrants as thorough an investigation as possible. If police are all set to call this a simple but unfortunate accident caused by jaywalking, maybe an independent investigator should look again and help the victim's loved ones get some clear answers.

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