Teen Killed, Three Others Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident off US-90 near Luling, TX
Luling, TX -- April 9, 2022, one teen was killed and three others were seriously injured in a crash with a tree off U.S. Highway 90 near Luling.
Authorities say the incident happened around 10:55 p.m. on the 1800 block of US-90 (Pierce Street) near River Park Road, just west of town. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford F-250 pickup truck was traveling west on the highway when the driver lost control for unknown reason reasons. The truck passed through the eastbound lane and left the roadway, then traveled roughly 200 feet in the south bar ditch before hitting a tree. According to investigators the pickup's speedometer froze at 60mph after the impact.
The 17-year-old driver and three passengers ages 16, 16, and 14 were transported from the scene to area hospitals. One 16-year-old later died of his injuries.
The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Auto Accident on US-90 near Luling
So far reports don't shed much light on how this unfortunate incident occurred. Investigators later suggested the vehicle may have been speeding based on the speedometer's reading, but if they have theories about any other contributors I hope they'll carefully look for evidence to back them up.
I've had many car accidents come across my desk where police saw a young driver was in an accident and just assumed they were doing something wrong. More thorough independent investigations could show any number of other factors contributed to the crash. Did the truck have mechanical issues or defects? Were there any hazards in the road, like slick spots or loose gravel? Could the truck have blown a tire? Did another driver force the victim to swerve somehow, then leave the scene?
Even if some of these possibilities are less likely that some common explanations, I just hate to think investigators may not have given the young driver the benefit of the doubt. There's still every chance police could find telling evidence that properly explains what happened, but after many similar accidents it took careful investigation from experienced professionals outside of law enforcement to find the telltale clues. If nothing else, all the victims' families deserve to know they have the whole story.