• January 10, 2023

Leonel Casio Jr. Injured in Car Accident on Division Street in Arlington, TX

Arlington, TX — December 4, 2022, 20-year-old Leonel Casio Jr. was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Division Street in Arlington.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:00 a.m. on the 3200 block of Division near Westfork Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Casio was driving a Nissan Altima east on the roadway when he lost control for unconfirmed reasons. The car crossed through the westbound lanes and ran onto the grassy shoulder, where it hit a tree and a power pole.

Casio received serious injuries in the crash and was taken to a hospital. Investigators reportedly suspected he was under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is currently available.

People have an unfortunate tendency to take what they see in early accident reports as the gospel truth of what happened. Reading that police suspected--didn't know, just suspected--alcohol's involvement was probably enough for some to decide the victim was drunk and think there's nothing else to know. However, in many cases what police conclude from details they round up at the scene doesn't match the eventual story told by further investigation.

So could this be a matter of impaired driving? Maybe, and if so there may be more to look into depending on where the alcohol came from. Is it possible however that something else--slick roads, vehicle malfunctions, swerving to avoid another car, or any number of other possibilities--sent the victim off the road? At this point, absolutely. That's why it's always best to keep an open mind and investigate carefully rather than jumping to any conclusions. That young man deserves the benefit of the doubt as the dots continue being connected.

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