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Man Dies After Car Rolls Over in Menard

According to, a Quemado man died in a single-vehicle crash near Menard Wednesday morning.

According to the Texas DPS, Teofilo Lopez Colon, 75, of Quemado was traveling east in a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup on FM 864. He was just one mile east of U.S. 190. As Colon approached a sharp left curve in the roadway, DPS stated he was driving too fast to safely negotiate the turn. His Dodge truck lost traction and went into a side skid, sliding across the roadway and crashed into the barrow ditch on the westbound side then rolled.

Justice of the Peace Robert Hernandez pronounced Colon dead at the scene. The single passenger, Hortencia Lopez, 72, also of Quemado, suffered what DPS described as minor injuries.

DPS reported that the weather was clear and the roadway dry. The crash happened Wednesday morning just before 10 a.m.

It is unknown why the driver was speeding around a corner but it has been determined that was the cause. He must have been traveling quite fast to have lost control on a dry road.

Pick-up trucks do, however, have a reputation for being easy to roll. Most of the weight of a pick-up truck is located at the top. Being very top heavy makes them more prone to flipping over than other vehicles.

Pick-up drivers have a more difficult time getting their vehicle back under control once it is lost than other vehicles. Pick-up trucks also tend to be higher off the ground which causes them to turn over easier as well.

Auto Accident Statistics

According to the Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Facts 2015:

Primarily based on reportable crashes in 2015, 1 person was killed every 2 hours, 29 minutes. Additionally, 1 person was injured every 2 minutes 8 seconds and 1 reportable crash occurred every 61 seconds.

There were 581 people killed in head-on crashes in 2015.

Of all persons killed in vehicles where restraint usage was applicable and usage was known in 2015, 40.3% were reported as not restrained when the fatal crash occurred.

246,335 people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015.

The fatality rate on Texas roadways for 2015 was 1.43% deaths per hundred million vehicle miles traveled. This is a 2.05% decrease from 2014.

Also, Texas experienced a decrease in the number f motor vehicle traffic fatalities. The 2015 death toll of 3,531 was a decrease of 0.14% from the 3,536 deaths recorded in 2014.

There were 13,616 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2015 that resulted in over 17,000 people sustaining a serious injury.

Fatalities in traffic crashes in rural areas of the state accounted for 54.52% of the state’s traffic fatalities. There were 1,925 deaths in rural traffic crashes.

Ultimately, single vehicle, run-off the road crashes resulted in 1,255 deaths in 2015. This was 35.54% of all motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2015.

San Antonio Car Accident Lawyer

Accidents such as the one in the above story are tragic because they are so easily prevented. Mr. Colon and Ms. Lopez were just driving down a road they were probably very familiar with and just took a corner too quickly, and the result was an untimely death. Fortunately, no one else was injured in this accident, but that is not always the case. Oftentimes people who lose control of their vehicles end up crashing into other vehicles as well. If you have been the victim of a car accident and are seeking legal advice, contact our law office for an evaluation to see if we can help.