• January 21, 2022

Billy McIntosh Killed, Trevor Mcintosh, James Mcintosh, James Matthew Mcintosh, 2 Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Howard County, TX

Howard County, TX -- October 9, 2021, Billy McIntosh was killed and Trevor Mcintosh, James Mcintosh, James Matthew Mcintosh, and two others were hurt in an 18-wheeler accident.

Initial reports indicated that the crash took place at around 8:41 p.m. along US Highway 87 at the FM 700 intersection.

According to officials, the McIntoshes were in a Lincoln SUV traveling eastbound along FM 700. At US 87, police claim that the Lincoln failed to yield, resulting in a collision with a southbound 18-wheeler.

Due to the crash, Billy McIntosh, a passenger in the Lincoln, succumbed to fatal injuries on October 11. The driver, 24-year-old James Matthew Mcintosh, and three other passengers, James Franklin McIntosh, Trevor McIntosh, and an unidentified 27-year-old man, all had injuries, some said to be incapacitating. The 18-wheeler driver had non-incapacitating injuries, as well.

Right now, additional details about the crash remain unavailable.

Commentary on Billy McIntosh 18-wheeler Accident in Howard County

Something I talk about a lot on this blog is the importance of waiting for all the facts to become clear. As straight-forward as these reports may seem, they still may not be telling the whole story. Folks would be surprised to see how often police looked into a crash only to let important details slip through the cracks.

That's how you get situations like one I was looking into a while back. A man reportedly ran a stop sign, and a truck hit and killed him. That's all the public ever heard, and naturally a lot of people were content to just blame the victim and move on.

Billy McIntosh, Trevor Mcintosh, James Mcintosh, James Matthew Mcintosh 18-wheeler Accident Howard County, TX

Weeks later, however, a friend of the firm who works accident reconstruction revealed that there actually were no stop signs at that intersection when the crash happened. TxDOT had been in the area doing construction, and they forgot to replace the signs after removing them while they worked. So what people were content to call a reckless driver getting themselves killed ended up being an incredibly complex situation.

Am I saying that happened here? Not at all, but I'm equally ill-equipped to say that it didn't. Anything from road hazards to medical conditions to mechanical defects can contribute to a serious crash. Instead of looking for someone to blame, folks are better off understanding that the reports we see in the public rarely tell the whole story. Jumping to conclusions isn't going to help anyone. I see no reason why this tragedy would be an exception to that.

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