• January 13, 2021

Jonathan Collins, Ramanda Parker Killed in Crossover Accident in Tyler County, TX

Tyler County, TX -- January 12, 2021, 29-year-old Jonathan Collins and 49-year-old Ramanda Parker were killed in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 69 in Tyler County.

Authorities with Texas DPS say the incident happened around 9:30 p.m. on US-69 just north of the line between Tyler and Hardin counties. Investigators say Collins was driving a Chevy pickup north when it crossed over the center line for unknown reasons. After crossing over, the truck crashed head-on into a Dodge passenger car driven by Parker.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities continue to investigate the incident. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Collins/Parker Accident in Tyler County

I can almost guarantee that some people upon reading about this wreck immediately blamed Mr. Collins. Those are the folks who casually point at distraction or fatigue--or for the more cynical types, intoxication--and then, their detective work complete, write the case off as solved.

It's important to note that right now there's no evidence to suggest any particular cause more than others. While the above factors are commonly found to have caused wrecks, the incident could just has likely have been caused by something rarer, like a medical emergency or a mechanical defect. I just hope police are up to the challenge of determining whether these factors or something else entirely was behind this tragedy.

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To be clear, I'm not taking a jab at the efforts of skilled and dedicated law enforcement members. In my 30+ years of litigating crashes like this one I've just seen plenty of preliminary reports overlook important details or get the facts entirely wrong.

No one involved in a crash this devastating should also have to worry about whether authorities will gets the facts straight. Independent accident reconstructionists are vital allies for victims and families affected by serious wrecks because they help to ensure that all contributing factors get attention. Whatever happened here, it's crucial to make sure those affected by the crash know they're getting the full story.

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