Andrew Sciba Killed in Crossover Accident on RM 620 in Travis County, TX
Travis County, TX -- January 14, 2022, 31-year-old Andrew Sciba was killed in a collision with a crossover driver on Ranch to Market Road 620 in Travis County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:35 p.m. in the area of 5600 RM 620 Post 5350. Preliminary investigation suggests Sciba was traveling south on the roadway in an Acura LXI when a northbound Ford Mustang in the same area crossed left of center and crashed into him.
Sciba was pronounced dead at the scene. The status of the Ford driver is unknown.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Andrew Sciba Accident on RM 620 in Travis County
Based on the preliminary details available in news reports I have a feeling some readers will start blaming the crossover driver without a second thought. Indeed, comments sections on those news stories are already filling up with talk of falling asleep at the wheel, looking at a phone instead of the road, and in some cases driving while intoxicated.
It may be true that those factors (and combinations of them) are often responsible for crossover collisions, but it should also be pointed out that none were specifically cited by police. There's every likelihood they'll look for evidence of each, but a thorough investigation will cover other possibilities as well--things that may not be as common as texting or speeding, but can still end up causing a devastating accident like the one in Travis County.
For instance, what if the road was wet or had debris that made traction difficult? Could the Mustang have had some kind of mechanical failure, or could its driver have suffered a serious and incapacitating medical episode? Did the car blow a tire? Were the road's markings and signage clearly visible?
Even if something more common was to blame, there might still be further issues to consider. For instance, if the crossover driver happened to be impaired at the time then there might be a local business that provided their alcohol and would then be responsible for the damage done under dram shop law. That's not to say that alcohol is a guaranteed factor, but only that its involvement would add extra complexities to finding all the facts of the collision.
I don't mean to overcomplicate this matter or suggest I know more than reports say. I'm only saying what I always do: When people are hurt or killed in accidents like this it's crucial to understand exactly how and why that happened. To find that out there must be a thorough investigation that properly evaluates all the potential variables--even less-likely ones. It could be that such analysis would just find or confirm a simple explanation, but only after the job is done right can anyone be sure. At the very least the victim's loved ones deserve to know that every effort was made to find the whole truth.