• February 01, 2023

Crystal Rivera Ruiz Killed in Truck Accident on Highway 16 in Atascosa County, TX

UPDATE (March 16, 2023): Further information from authorities show that the woman involved in the accident, now identified as 33-year-old Crystal Rivera Ruiz, succumbed to the injuries she sustained in the crash. At this time, additional details are unavailable.

Atascosa County, TX -- January 14, 2023, a San Antonio woman was injured following an accident where her vehicle and a semi-truck crashed.

Authorities were called to the area of Highway 16 and Highway 173 at around 5:45 p.m. It appears that a 33-year-old San Antonio woman was in a Ford pickup traveling along Highway 173 merging toward Highway 16. At the intersection, the woman's pickup was hit by a southbound 18-wheeler.

Crystal Rivera Ruiz Killed in Truck Accident in Atascosa County, TX

Due to the collision, the woman had injuries said to be incapacitating. No one else was hurt. At this time, exact factors surrounding the crash cannot be confirmed.

Something that comes to mind here is why someone would drive into the path of a large vehicle which is generally very visible. This isn't your typical intersection, and I wonder if any locals can shed light on what the signage, lighting, and markings are like. Is this a notoriously dangerous intersection? Have serious crashes happened here before? I know people are generally quick to just assume that a driver was on their phone or otherwise being irresponsible, and that's obviously possible. But experience taught me there are often more extenuating circumstances also warrant attention. The same could prove true here, as well.


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