• April 18, 2022

Tarsha Reed, Jeremy Gilford Killed in Crash with Amtrak Train on Beaumont Highway in Harris County, TX

UPDATE (May 3, 2022): The victims of this accident have been identified as 46-year-old Tarsha Reed and 39-year-old Jeremy Gilford.

Harris County, TX -- April 16, 2022, two people were killed when their vehicle collided with a moving train along Beaumont Highway in northeast Harris County.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 8:00 p.m. in the area of 12900 Beaumont Highway at Van Hut Lane. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chrysler 300 tried to pass another vehicle and run through an active train crossing where the crossing arms were down. As the Chrysler went through the tracks it collided with an Amtrak train headed to Houston Station. After the impact the car caught fire.

A man and woman were ejected from the Chrysler in the collision and were pronounced dead at the scene.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Tarsha Reed, Jeremy Gilford Accident on Beaumont Hwy in Harris County

UPDATE (June 24, 2022): Later reports indicate the victim driving the car had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .138 at the time of the crash. I don't say that in judgment, but confirmation that he was over the legal limit for intoxication may change how the wreck should be investigated.

In Texas, alcohol-related crashes sometimes involve holding the businesses that over-serve it responsible for the damage their intoxicated patrons cause or suffer. Under dram shop law such a business may have a legal duty to make what amends it can to the victims' families after the Harris County accident.

Unfortunately, bad bars and their dram violations generally get little attention from police. If something like that is suspected then it's usually best for those affected to get help from independent investigators who know how to get the necessary proof. Armed with receipts, witness statements, video footage, and other evidence, many people hurt by reckless over-service have held bad businesses accountable for breaking the law and contributing to their injuries.

Tarsha Reed, Jeremy Gilford Killed in Crash with Amtrak Train on Beaumont Highway in Harris County, TX

ORIGINAL: Some may read the published details of this accident and assume there's little else to say. Assuming they have their facts straight, the news paints a fairly clear portrait of someone trying to pass through a railroad crossing at an inopportune time; what more is there to know? Well, for one thing a proper investigation will try to establish with certainty why the driver attempted to do that. Were they just impatient? Could the vehicle have malfunctioned somehow? Is it possible the driver's health or judgment was compromised somehow--a sudden medical problem, or possibly by impairment?

Those are just a few of the questions that diligent investigators should try to answer in pursuit of the whole story. Collecting samples for toxicological testing may have happened as a matter of procedure, as it may have crossed authorities' minds that intoxication could be a reason for the driver's actions. It's one of many possibilities that all deserve attention in pursuit of the truth.

In the meantime it's best for everyone on the sidelines to withhold judgment and refrain from jumping to any conclusions. Hopefully time and further investigation will yield more details. If there are other steps to take after this tragic incident, knowing that will depend on what's discovered.

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