• February 23, 2023

Fermin Rodriguez Killed in Car Accident in Jackson County, TX

Jackson County, TX -- February 22, 2023, Fermin Rodriguez was killed following an accident where two vehicles collided.

Preliminary reports indicated that the incident happened outside of Lolita along FM 1593 at around 7:00 a.m. It appears that 73-year-old Fermin Rodriguez was in a GMC pickup traveling northbound. An oncoming vehicle apparently turned left, and the vehicles collided. This sent Rodriguez's vehicle off-road where it overturned.

Fermin Rodriguez Killed in Car Accident in Jackson County, TX

Rodriguez was ejected from the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries. It's unclear if the other driver was hurt. Right now, police continue to investigate the crash but claim that Rodriguez was not wearing a seatbelt. Is there clear evidence to support that, or are authorities jumping to conclusions?

I've found throughout my career that authorities almost always assume someone wasn't wearing a seatbelt if they were thrown from a vehicle. It's understandable, given that's a common factor. But what about seatbelt failures? What about seating assemblies that come loose? These things happen, yet authorities almost never have the tools or training to investigate them. Even if it's just to rule something out, don't the victim's loved ones deserve to know they're getting the whole story?


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