Javier Rodriguez Jr., Odessa Man Injured in Car Accident in Ector County, TX
Ector County, TX -- November 6, 2022, Javier Rodriguez Jr. and an Odessa man were hurt due to an accident where a vehicle hit a pedestrian.
Preliminary information released by authorities said the incident happened off the corner of FM 2020 and Torrance Avenue at around 1:15 a.m.
They said that 22-year-old Javier Rodriguez Jr. was in a Dodge Ram 1500 traveling westbound along FM 2020. Ahead, a Nissan Altima was disabled in the lane of travel. Rodriguez's vehicle crashed into the disabled car. At the same time, a 33-year-old man standing outside of the disabled vehicle was hit.
Rodriguez's injuries were said to be non-incapacitating, but the pedestrian's injuries were said to be incapacitating. A teenager in the Nissan was not hurt.
Right now, more information is needed to make any concrete conclusions, but this sort of situation generally comes down to visibility. If the disabled vehicle wasn't clearly visible, then it's possible a reasonably prudent driver wouldn't have been able to avoid the collision. However, if there were hazard lights or other warnings clearly marking the disabled car, a driver failing to avoid it could be a sign they were doing something wrong. Were steps ever taken here to clarify those possible factors?