• April 07, 2022

Keith Francis Killed in Car Accident on US-287 near Oklaunion, TX

Oklaunion, TX -- April 4, 2022, 28-year-old Keith Agustus Francis was killed in an auto accident along U.S. Highway 287 in Wilbarger County.

Authorities say the incident happened Monday night along US-287 near mile marker 480 and Oklaunion. Preliminary investigation suggests Francis was driving south at alleged unsafe speeds for the road conditions when he lost control of his Infiniti G37 and left the roadway in a curve. His vehicle hit a cable barrier and rebounded, overturning and rolling into the road's northbound lanes. Moments later it was hit by a passing Mack tractor-trailer.

Francis was ejected from his vehicle during the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was unhurt.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Keith Francis Accident on US-287 near Oklaunion

Some may see the described circumstances of this accident and be ready to jump to some conclusions about how it began. They see a driver lost control, allegedly while speeding, and think either he was distracted by a phone when he lost control or--more cynically--that he was impaired at the time.

Both of those issues have caused plenty of similar wrecks and will probably be investigated as police try to make more sense of what happened, but neither they nor any other explanation can be taken for granted as more dots get connected. For all anyone knows right now the victim's vehicle could just have hit a wet patch of road and lost traction (news reports said he was traveling "too fast for road conditions"), or it could have blown a tire and gone off-course. The driver could have fallen asleep by accident, or even experienced an incapacitating medical problem. None of those factors are especially common, but with that said they and other uncommon factors cause crashes every single day all over the world. They can't be ignored or dismissed without proper consideration.

Keith Francis Killed in Car Accident on US-287 near Oklaunion, TX

In the course of the investigation it might also be best to take a look at the 18-wheeler that hit the car in the roadway as well. How fast was it traveling? Were its lights on? Was the truck driver's full attention on the road? How much time passed between when the car entered the northbound lanes and when the truck hit it? There's every chance the truck driver did everything right and nothing could really have been done to avoid the crash, but it's best to confirm that with the facts instead of just assuming it.

All I'm really saying here is it's best to let just the evidence do the talking instead of making any assumptions. Many crashes are more complicated than they may first appear once a closer look is taken. To ensure the victim's family receives as many answers as can be found, experienced professionals with the time and training to do the job right should be involved. Is local law enforcement able to offer those resources?

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