Charnika Harrison Killed in 18-wheeler Accident in Comal County, TX
Comal County, TX -- April 7, 2021, Charnika Harrison was killed due to an accident where Harrison's vehicle and an 18-wheeler collided on I-35.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 10:07 a.m. in the area of I-35 and Watson Lane.
According to reports, 43-year-old Charnika Harrison was in a Nissan Versa traveling southbound on the freeway. Reports say that Harrison exited at Watson Lane, merging onto the freeway. An 18-wheeler was farther down the service road, reportedly "traveling at an unsafe speed." Police say that Harrison failed to control speed and crashed into the back of the trailer.
Due to the collision, Harrison succumbed to fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported. At this time, no additional details are available.
Commentary on Charnika Harrison 18-wheeler Accident in Comal County
Authorities aren't entirely clear on what they believe caused the crash here. On one hand, they say the victim failed to control speed. On the other, they say the 18-wheeler was driving at an unsafe speed on the service road. What exactly did they mean by that?
Considering this was a rear-end collision, was the 18-wheeler going dangerously slow and impeding traffic? If so, why was that? Did the truck experience an unforeseeable mechanical issue? Did something break down due to poor maintenance? Was there debris in the road? Was the truck driver stopping in a dangerous place to make a delivery?
Beyond that, why did the victim's vehicle not avoid the truck? Was the victim distracted or fatigued? Was there something wrong with her vehicle? Did her airbags and seatbelts function properly? Did her brakes fail? Was vision obstructed for reasons the police failed to mention? Is this a hazardous roadway that sees a lot of accidents like this?
At the end of the day, something I consistently talk about on this blog is the importance of being thorough. A lot of times, authorities will only look at the factors that seem common or obvious. Meanwhile, less likely possibilities slip through the cracks. That can lead to victims and families not know all the facts, and that's simply unacceptable. Someone lost their life here. Whether someone needs to be held accountable for that or the family just needs the full story, making sure experienced accident reconstructionists look into the details as soon as possible is a prudent step toward a resolution.