Briana Hernandez, Bianca Hernandez, Miranda Deases Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on US-59 in Wharton County, TX
Wharton County, TX -- October 31, 2021, Briana Hernandez, Bianca Hernandez, and Miranda Deases were killed in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 59 in Wharton County.
Authorities say the incident happened just after 3:30 a.m. along US-59 near County Road 214 and the town of Hungerford. Preliminary investigation suggests the Hernandez sisters and their aunt Miranda Deases traveled to midtown Houston Saturday night and went to the nightclub Eleven Eleven to celebrate Bianca Hernandez's 18th birthday on the 31st. After spending some time in the club the three women went back to their Kia Optima to travel home.
On the way the driver reportedly lost control and the car left the roadway, crashing into an area partially obscured by brush and adjacent to railroad tracks. Responding police were unable to locate the vehicle during an initial search; it and the ejected victims were discovered approximately 14 hours later.
Briana and Bianca Hernandez and Miranda Deases were pronounced dead at the scene.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Briana and Bianca Hernandez and Miranda Deases Accident on US-59
First and foremost, this accident is clearly a tragedy and my heart goes out to the victims' loved ones. I won't pretend to comprehend their grief at this time. In examining some of the details of the incident below, I mean no disrespect; rather, I want to help ensure that all its factors receive due and proper attention and every possible fact is made available to those who experienced a terrible loss.
I understand after reading these reports and seeing the victims were at a club prior to their accident how some people might be ready to blame impairment. It's quite possible investigators will look into that as a potential explanation, but I must strongly advise against jumping to any conclusions. No mention was made of alcohol being served to any of these young women, none of whom were apparently old enough to drink it legally (Briana Hernandez was 20, Bianca Hernandez 17 until Oct. 31, and Miranda Deases was 19).
I'm not making any premature or unfounded accusations against the mentioned club, Eleven Eleven, though I would imagine a comprehensive investigation will at least check to see if any of the victims purchased drinks on the premises. If they did the bar should be held responsible for selling or serving alcohol to underage parties, but even then that doesn't necessarily mean it was sold in quantities great enough to make it a factor in the US-59 crash.
In addition to common issues like alcohol or driver distraction, many other factors must still be appropriately considered when looking into what happened near Hungerford. The road might have been slick or uneven with debris, the Kia vehicle could have blown a tire or had a mechanical failure, another vehicle could have cut it off and then fled the scene, or something else entirely could have occurred.
I don't mean to get lost in speculation about this or rub salt in fresh wounds. My point is only that this, like any other crash, may well be more complicated than people realize. Until investigators look more closely and accumulate more evidence, it's not right for anyone to decide how this tragic accident occurred. As the dots continue to be connected, the best thing for anyone on the sidelines to do is to focus on what can be done to help the victims' loved ones in this difficult time.