• March 19, 2021

Bernard Jenkins Injured in 18-Wheeler Crash During Chase on Antoine Dr in Harris County, TX

Harris County, TX -- February 11, 2021, 29-year-old Bernard Jenkins was seriously injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Antoine Drive in Harris County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:15 a.m. on the 11799 block of Antoine near Whitchurch Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests that Jenkins was driving a Mercury Marquis sedan at a high rate of speed while trying to evade police. As the car traveled along Antoine Drive, it collided with the rear of a Volvo tractor-trailer on the roadway.

Jenkins suffered serious injuries in the collision and was taken to an area hospital. The truck driver was unhurt.

Jenkins was charged with Evading Law Enforcement.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Bernard Jenkins Accident on Antoine Dr in Harris County

I don't write this blog to comment on any alleged criminal activities. What Mr. Jenkins' fate within the criminal justice system might be is not for me to say or speculate on.

My concern about the crash on Antoine Drive is the same as it would be in any other: How thorough the authorities will really be in their investigation.

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People may note the flashier details of this incident--a high-speed chase on residential streets, a rear-end crash--and develop a certain amount of tunnel vision directed that way. Doing that means important additional elements like what led to the crash and whether anything could have been done to lessen the damages suffered may get overlooked in favor of some "cops and robbers" narrative.

Whatever may be true of the criminal matters involved here, a man was severely injured in a crash and that always merits careful consideration of every factor involved. What was the road like in the area? Any big potholes or slick surfaces? Was there any room to steer around the big rig, or did the it take up the center of the road? How fast was everyone involved traveling? Did the truck have a fully-functional underride guard beneath its trailer that should have mitigated the damage? Were any other people or vehicles involved? Did anything besides the suspect's desire to evade capture stop him from braking, like a mechanical error in the vehicle?

If this all seems like hair-splitting, that's exactly what I mean about getting too caught up in the big story and missing the trees for the forest, to paraphrase the saying. Are authorities experienced enough to look at all the factors involved here, or will they simply be satisfied with catching their quarry and call the matter closed? Will getting clear answers require more thorough efforts from independent accident reconstructionists like it usually does?

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