• April 18, 2022

Donald Simon III Injured in Wrong-Way Car Accident on Highway 288 in Houston, TX

UPDATE (May 5, 2022): Reports identified the driver involved in the crash as 37-year-old Donald James Simon III. The cause of the crash remains unclear.

Houston, TX -- April 18, 2022, one person was injured after an accident where a car going the wrong-way along Highway 288 crashed.

Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 2:00 a.m. along the northbound lanes of TX-288 near the Gulf Freeway interchange.

Initial reports said that a vehicle somehow got onto Highway 288 going the wrong direction. That vehicle then somehow crashed into the concrete divider. This caused the car to catch fire.

A team of SWAT officers happened upon the scene following a previous response, and they were able to get the driver out of the burning vehicle. EMS then transported the victim to a local hospital.

Currently, the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Commentary on Donald Simon III Wrong-way Car Accident in Houston

There are some things which stick out to me that someone without as much experience looking into car wrecks may not consider. First of all, getting on the wrong side of a major highway is not easy to do on accident. That's why investigations almost always show that driver was dangerously intoxicated. This raises the particularly concerning possibility that a local establishment recklessly over-served the driver and contributed to this crash, and that could make that business liable under dram shop law for their role in the victim's injuries. But is that really all there is to this?

Donald Simon III car accident houston tx

While there are certainly less common reasons someone may get on the wrong side of a highway, such as a medical issue, it would probably be worth making sure the vehicle was going the wrong way at all. From footage of the scene, this vehicle is absolutely destroyed. The news does not make any mention of witnesses or authorities getting calls about a wrong-way driver. With such a chaotic scene, are investigators absolutely certain that this all involved a wrong-way driver? Could it be that there were other extenuating circumstances the authorities overlooked due to the challenging crash site? I certainly have no specific reason to doubt the efforts of authorities here, but if more thorough independent investigations showed they missed something important, it certainly wouldn't be the first time.


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