Two Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on FM 462 in Medina County, TX
Medina County, TX -- January 23, 2022, two teenagers were injured in a single-vehicle accident on Farm to Market Road 462 in Medina County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 11:50 p.m. on FM 462 near mile marker 506. Preliminary investigation suggests a 15-year-old girl was driving a Honda Accord north on the roadway at alleged high speeds. She lost control as the car entered a curve and the Honda swerved left, passing through the southbound travel lane and crashing into a ranch fence on the west roadside. It then entered a side-skid into the bar ditch, overturned, and rolled over once more into the ranch fence before coming to rest. Reports say it caught fire at some point during the crash.
The car's 16-year-old passenger suffered serious injuries in the crash. A 13-year-old passenger received minor injuries, and the driver sustained possible injuries. All three were reportedly picked up by family members and transported to a hospital before first responders arrived.
When interviewed the car's driver reportedly admitted to having one mixed alcoholic beverage before driving.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Car Accident on FM 462 in Medina County
Police think intoxication may have been a factor in this accident, and that's obviously an issue worth carefully looking into. Under Texas law a minor can have a drink with their legal guardians around, but if the driver obtained her "one mixed drink" thanks to almost anyone else that's something that needs addressing so it's important to find out if there really was only one drink and where it came from.
However, it's worth pointing out that the investigating officer also suggested speeding and possible inexperience were factors here. If the kid just hit a curve while flooring it because teenagers think they're invincible or her passengers were egging her on, that's obviously dangerous but would hardly be the first case of it. She could also have hit a wet patch of road or just lost control due to not having enough practice at the wheel yet. It's a shame how things ended up, but kids do make mistakes; the hope is that they'll learn from them.
Basically it's still up in the air what caused this accident and I'm not pretending to have some inside knowledge about it. I just know from long experience that it's important not to fixate so much on one detail or the other that the larger picture is lost. Inexperience could be at the heart of the crash but a strong drink probably didn't help, and it's best to account for both of those as well as any other possible factors when figuring out what happened and who should be held accountable.