• February 21, 2023

Jesse Flores, 1 Killed, 1 Injured in Car Accident on Highway 85 in Dimmit County, TX

UPDATE (March 13, 2023): Details from authorities identified one of the men killed in the crash as 69-year-old Jesse Flores. Others involved remain unidentified. The details also clarify the collision happened when a vehicle drove into oncoming traffic, hitting the vehicle in which Flores was a passenger. The driver of Flores's vehicle had apparently non-incapacitating injuries while the other driver was also killed. Additional factors leading up to the crash are still under investigation.

It did stand out that authorities mentioned looking into alcohol, but nothing has been confirmed right now. It's tragically common in overnight hours, and it can lead to all kinds of complex outcomes, such as looking for a negligent alcohol provider if they illegally over-served someone. As I said before, authorities may be looking into this as thoroughly as possible, but with so many unanswered questions still this long after the crash, one can't help but wonder if as thorough as authorities can investigate is thorough enough.

Dimmit County, TX -- February 18, 2023, two people were killed and one was injured due to an accident where two vehicles crashed on TX-85.

Authorities said that the incident happened either late Friday night or early Saturday morning east of Carrizo Springs at the intersection of Highway 85 and FM 468.

Details say that two vehicles somehow collided, injuring three people. Two of those people died as a result while a third had to be flown from the scene. Right now, additional details are unavailable.

Jesse Flores, 1 Killed, 1 Injured in Car Accident in Dimmit County, TX

Considering authorities closed down the roadway for several hours, there's little doubt this was an especially serious collision—even considering the fact it was fatal. For that reason, I can't help wondering if authorities are giving the crash the attention it needs. Hours of road closure sometimes makes people think that's the authorities gathering every scrap of evidence. That could be true, depending on the officer and the tools their department provides them. I sincerely hope that happened here.

Other times, though, an inexperienced officer or a department that doesn't prioritize accident reconstruction can spend all the time they want on a crash and still miss something important. It's one of the reasons independent accident reconstructionists are so often a vital tool for getting victims and families the answers they need. Whoever is handling this particular crash, hopefully they're able to ensure that all the facts become clear.


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