Randall Wheeler Killed in Auto Accident on US-84 near Tuscola, TX
Tuscola, TX -- April 11, 2022, 68-year-old Randall Wheeler was killed in a two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 84 near Tuscola.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:15 a.m. on southbound US-84 at Farm to Market Road 613. Preliminary investigation suggests Wheeler was driving a Hyundai Sonata west on FM 613 when he began to turn onto the highway. As the car was turning it was hit on the driver's side by a southbound Chevy Silverado pickup driven by 45-year-old Eddie Croft.
Wheeler, reportedly not wearing a seat belt at the time, was pronounced dead at the scene. It's unknown whether Croft was injured.
The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Randall Wheeler Accident on US-84 near Tuscola
Reports suggest the victim may not have yielded to oncoming traffic before turning here. However, they can't yet shed much light on why that happened, which is obviously a big detail to find out. Was the victim's full attention on the road? Did his vehicle's brakes work? How fast was the other driver traveling on the highway? Right-of-way aside, was there anything else they could have done to avoid the wreck or lessen its damage?
Asking these questions isn't about overcomplicating things or pointing fingers. It's just a matter of figuring out the exact circumstances that claimed a man's life. At the very least his loved ones deserve to know that every effort was made to bring them answers. If there are other steps to take or someone specific to hold accountable, knowing that would largely depend on what those answers turn out to be.