Driver Killed in Wrong-way Accident on I-10 in El Paso County, TX
El Paso County, TX — October 22, 2023, a driver was killed as the result of a wrong-way vehicle accident at around 11:00 p.m. on Interstate 10.
Preliminary details about the crash say that it took place on westbound lanes of the interstate near mile marker 56, just outside of Tornillo.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office reported that a vehicle was going the wrong direction along westbound lanes, and they received calls about the issue prior to the crash. At some point, the supposed wrong-way vehicle crashed head-on into a semi-truck. As a result, the driver of the passenger vehicle succumbed to their injuries. That person hasn't been identified. Other injuries were reportedly minor.
There is no stated cause for the crash at this time, and I can only hope that's not because authorities have already moved on. Frankly, I see situations where a driver believed to be at fault for a crash dies in the accident, and authorities just consider the matter open-and-shut. Any accident is worth thorough investigations, but a wrong-way crash is particularly concerning when there is often more than one person responsible for what happened.
I'll give an example, since I know it may sound odd to suggest anyone but a wrong-way driver could contribute to a crash like this. I handled a situation a while back which involved a driver who got on the wrong side of the highway, causing a fatal accident. Evidence came to light which showed the driver had just left a bar, and that establishment illegally over-served the driver. As such, our firm was brought on to pursue a wrongful death suit against that bar. Simultaneously, though, the authorities were able to pursue criminal charges against the servers for their actions. What could have been nothing more than a news blurb about one single driver ended up being a long process to see consequences for a business and its employees who may have otherwise slipped through the cracks.
To be clear, I haven't seen news reports here mention anything about alcohol. My point is simply that getting the full story after a fatal crash is vital. Either it will help to ensure a grieving family knows they're getting the full story, or it will show that the situation is far less open-and-shut than it may seem.