Christian Lee Ramirez-Guerrero Killed in Wood Co., TX, Accident
Wood County, TX -- February 19, 2017, Christian Lee Ramirez-Guerrero was killed due to an accident where his vehicle crashed with an 18-wheeler.
Texas Department of Public Safety officials say that the accident happened at around 12:00 p.m. near the town of Yantis.
Their preliminary investigations indicate that 23-year-old Ramirez-Guerrero was driving a pickup along Highway 154. He reportedly failed to stop in time to avoid an 18-wheeler in front of him. As a result, the pickup crashed into the back of the 18-wheeler.
Ramirez-Guerrero was fatally injures, and emergency officials pronounced him dead at the scene. The truck driver was not injured.
At this time, it's not clear what caused the accident to occur. Police continue their investigations.
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I think most people reading reports about this accident are just going to assume that Mr. Ramirez-Guerrero wasn't paying attention to the road or was speeding. I will admit, those are very common causes for accidents like this one, tragic as it may be. However, it's important that people remember we're only seeing a small portion of the full picture. There are a lot of reasons an accident like this can happen, regardless of how common those reasons may or may not be.
Where exactly did this accident occur? Was the 18-wheeler stopped at a sign or a light, or was it stopped in the middle of the road? If so, then why? Did the 18-wheeler have functioning brake lights? How fast was the pickup traveling? How close was the pickup following the 18-wheeler? Did the pickup's brakes and other safety features function properly, or was there some sort of mechanical failure or defect?
These are just some of the question that haven't been answered, and they are questions which have answers crucial to the nature of the accident. Oftentimes, these kinds of things don't get answered in early police reports, so there's no way of knowing for sure what happened. One thing that can clear these things up is having an accident investigation professional examine the factors surrounding the crash.
An independent professional outside of the police will consider any and all factors--not just common or obvious ones. If it could have happened, then it is either ruled out or confirmed through close examination of the evidence. Only by having this kind of investigation can anyone be absolutely sure of what happened. Conclusions drawn without the proper evidence are nothing more than speculation, which serves only further harm those affected by the accident.
With this accident, no one can say for sure what happened just by reading these early reports. That fact in itself is reason enough to investigate the incident further.
--Grossman Law Offices