Larry Wilson Killed in Collision with Bucket Truck on TX-105 in Montgomery County
UPDATE (December 17, 2021): Authorities have identified the victim of this accident as 54-year-old Larry Wilson.
Montgomery County, TX -- December 2, 2021, a man in his 50s was killed in a crossover collision with a commercial truck on State Highway 105 in Montgomery County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:40 a.m. on TX-105 East near Lawrence Creek Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Ford f-150 pickup on the roadway when he crossed left of center for unknown reasons and crashed into a Kenworth commercial bucket truck owned by an electric utility. Reports indicate the truck driver pulled to the shoulder in an effort to avoid the oncoming Ford, but the victim sideswiped it before rebounding away.
After the impact the Ford spun away and came to rest across the travel lanes. The bucket truck veered south through the roadway and crashed into the tree line before coming to rest.
The victim was ejected from his truck in the collision and suffered fatal injuries. The bucket truck driver was reportedly unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Larry Wilson Accident on TX-105 in Montgomery County
Reports suggest the man killed in this tragic crash caused it by crossing left of center. That may be enough for some, but preliminary reports are generally just "best guesses" based largely on what's found at the scene. They shouldn't be considered the gospel truth of the matter. I've even seen some cases where those first impressions were entirely mistaken.
I recently worked on a crash similar to the one above where police said a victim drifted across the dividing line and fatally collided with an 18-wheeler. We looked more closely at his family's request and found the victim was actually in the oncoming lane to escape the truck, which crossed over first and then swerved back when the victim's frantic horn-honking woke the trucker from an accidental nap at the wheel.
The victim couldn't evade the truck a second time, but he certainly wasn't to blame for the crash. Despite that, police blamed him because they found both vehicles in the truck's lane. There were no witnesses but the sleepy trucker, who saw no reason to correct an "official" story where he wasn't at fault. If we hadn't intervened on the family's behalf the wrong person--unable to tell his side of the story--might have taken the blame forever.
Admittedly that crash's circumstances were quite unusual overall, and I'm not claiming anything of that nature necessarily occurred in Montgomery County. Even if investigators are entirely certain about the victim crossing over on TX-105, though, there is still the extremely important question of why that happened. Some may be ready to blame texting or sleepy driving, but there are plenty of other reasons a person might lose control. Could the Ford have blown a tire, or had a mechanical failure? What about the victim--could he have experienced some kind of incapacitating medical issue? Those may not be as common as distracted or fatigued driving, but they can't be dismissed without proper investigation.
I don't know more than what reports say about what happened in the Montgomery County crash, and nothing says it has to be particularly complicated. I just want to emphasize that things aren't always as straightforward as they first appear and early reports can contain mistakes or omit vital details. That's why I often suggest working with independent accident reconstruction experts who can devote the proper time and care to finding all the facts of crashes like this one. At the very least, the victim's family deserves to know every effort was made to bring them the whole truth of the matter.