• January 24, 2022

Georgiana Thomas Killed in Hit-and-run Accident on I-10 in Hankamer, TX

UPDATE (January 31, 2022): Recent reports identified the woman killed in the accident as 50-year-old Georgiana Thomas. Four children that were in the SUV were taken to a hospital in Houston with unspecified injuries. No further information is available about the crash at this time.

Chambers County, TX -- January 21, 2022, one person was killed as the result of an accident where two vehicles crashed on I-10 and one driver fled.

Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 8:30 p.m. along I-10 in the Hankamer area. Officials said that an SUV was stopped along the interstate when a Kenworth truck somehow hit the SUV. After this collision, the SUV driver got out of the vehicle, and another vehicle hit that driver.

The SUV driver reportedly died as a result of the collision. The other driver of the vehicle that hit them left the scene. Police continue to look into the details surrounding the accident.

Commentary on Georgiana Thomas Hit-and-run Accident in Hankamer

UPDATE (February 4, 2022): The exact series of events here is still a bit convoluted, but authorities said in their recent reports that the 18-wheeler driver was "looking down and rearranging his snacks" when the 18-wheeler hit Thomas's car, which injured her four children. If that's true, that raises serious concerns like what I touched on below about how avoidable the car was.

I had a situation come to me not long ago where a truck driver hit a disabled car on the highway, and the trucking company said it was too dark for the truck driver to see anything. But when we got court orders for video footage from the truck, the video showed the truck driver watching shows on his tablet. It was only after proving that fact that the trucking company took responsibility for the crash.

Are steps being taken here to make sure the evidence of what all happened here is clear? There's obviously the complex issue of how the fatal collision occurred, but these reports suggest that the children being seriously hurt was completely avoidable. What are the authorities doing to address this serious issue?

Georgiana Thomas Hit-and-run Accident Hankamer, TX

ORIGINAL: There are a few things that stand out to me here that will be crucial to address to make sure the victim's loved ones are getting the answers they deserve. The one I'm sure most will focus on is the fact someone left the scene. It's certainly important to make sure that person answers for their role in what happened here, especially if the driver intentionally fled the scene.

But that's not all there is to this incident. Investigations also can't overlook the initial collision with the semi-truck. In a situation like that, finding out how avoidable the collision was is absolutely crucial. Reports say that the victim was stopped on the interstate, but they didn't say much else. Was the vehicle disabled? Was the victim stopped for traffic? Were they in the lane of travel or on the shoulder?

The reason this matters is because a truck driver wouldn't necessarily be responsible for rear-ending someone if they had no way of avoiding the collision. A disabled vehicle without its lights on, for example, may not be reasonably avoidable. Someone simply stopping for traffic, however, or someone parked safely on the shoulder means a truck driver hitting them may have been doing something they shouldn't have been. Are authorities being as thorough looking into these possible factors as they are working to find the driver that left the scene? If nothing else, there's a family out there that deserves to know they're getting the full story.

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