Natasha Nicole Meeks Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident in Angelina County, TX
Angelina County, TX -- January 15, 2021, Natasha Nicole Meeks was injured due to an accident where Meeks's vehicle crashed off the side of the road.
Authorities released details about the crash, saying it happened just before 11:00 p.m. near Benton Drive and Myria Street.
According to reports, 35-year-old Natasha Nicole Meeks was driving a pickup along Benton Drive. Police claim the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, causing the pickup to run off-road and hit a couple of trees.
Meeks sustained incapacitating injuries in the crash. Police allege that EMS responders noticed an odor of alcohol, and they're looking into whether or not alcohol played a role in the crash.
Commentary on Natasha Nicole Meeks Single-Vehicle Accident in Angelina County
Just to be clear up front, I don't have any information about this crash beyond what's available from the authorities. Whether or not alcohol really is a factor here depends on further investigations, so it would be irresponsible to immediately take that detail and run with it. Now, alcohol does need to be taken seriously. It has huge implications for victims and families involved in these accidents, as there could be a local alcohol provider that's responsible for contributing to the crash (this is called Dram Shop Law).
But I've also seen countless crashes similar to this one where police only focused on one possible factor without considering any others. What if alcohol didn't cause this crash? Will police just move on because there's no one to charge? What if something like defective tires or a faulty steering column caused the crash? What about hazardous road design or poor signage? Did the victim's seatbelt and airbag function properly during the collision? Did authorities even bother to look into this stuff at all?
I know people may think I'm just passing the buck for this crash, but I learned a long time ago that getting tunnel vision only allows important details to slip through the cracks. All serious wrecks warrant thorough investigations, and I see no reason why this crash should be an exception.