• April 06, 2021

William Pontius Killed in Wheelchair/Car Accident in Paris, TX

Paris, TX -- April 3, 2021, William Pontius was killed as the result of an accident where a vehicle hit Pontius, who was in a wheelchair, in the roadway.

Preliminary details given by Paris Police officials indicated that the crash happened at around 8:00 p.m. along NW Loop 286 near Farm Road 79.

In their reports, officials said that 62-year-old William Pontius was in a motorizes wheelchair traveling along the roadway. Reports said that Pontius was in the middle of an on-ramp when a vehicle hit him.

As a result of the collision, Pontius sustained fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported. Additional details are unavailable.

Commentary on William Pontius Wheelchair/Car Accident in Paris

William Pontius Wheelchair Car Accident Paris TX

Clearly, the reported location of this tragic event is an odd place for someone in a wheelchair to be. However, that doesn't make this some open-and-shut accident like folks may think. It's important to consider even unlikely scenarios to ensure that those affected by the accident know they're getting the full story. Why was the victim in the roadway? What is lighting like in the area? Reports say one vehicle avoided the victim, so was the driver the hit him doing anything that impaired their ability to react in time? Is this area unreasonably dangerous for pedestrians? Did any outside factors like a medical issue or impairment cause the victim to be disoriented? Whether investigations reveal crucial details or simply confirm that nothing out of the ordinary happened, getting answers should be a priority going forward. My concern is whether or not the authorities are taking the accident seriously enough to ensure those answers come to light.

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