• April 18, 2022

Nicole Michelle Debolt Killed, 1 Injured in Truck Accident in Hays County, TX

Hays County, TX -- March 8, 2022, Nicole Michelle Debolt was killed and another person was injured due to an accident where their vehicles collided.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 2:27 p.m. along FM 1826 in the area of Towering Cedar Drive.

Authorities said that 45-year-old Nicole Michelle Debolt was in a GMC Acadia traveling northeast along FM 1826. It appears that vehicle somehow went into oncoming lanes where it crashed with a commercial truck. The crash sent both vehicles off-road.

Due to the crash, reports say Debolt sustained fatal injuries. The driver of the truck, an unidentified Lockhart man, reportedly had non-incapacitating injuries. The factors leading up to the collision are unclear at this time.

Commentary on Nicole Michelle Debolt Truck Accident in Hays County

There isn't much in the way of clear evidence surrounding these reports, though folks are generally quick to jump to conclusions. The reports say a car crossed into oncoming traffic, so what is there to know? That person was probably on their phone or speeding, right? Well, those are certainly possible factors worth exploring, but it's important to consider other possibilities to make sure the victims and families involved at least know they're getting the full story. Besides, these early reports aren't always as thorough as folks may think.

For example, I handled a situation not long ago involving a car that reported crossed the center line and hit an 18-wheeler head-on. As we had independent accident reconstructionists dig into things, however, it became apparent that police got the facts wrong. What actually happened was the 18-wheeler drifted over the center line, and the car swerved left to avoid it. The truck driver, realizing his mistake, then veered back into his original lane, causing the vehicles to collide.

Nicole Michelle Debolt Truck Accident Hays County, TX

So what went wrong? Well, the department in charge of that particular crash left an inexperienced officer in charge of the investigations. That officer did not have access to the tools or experience needed for such a complex crash, so the officer simply drew their best conclusion from where the vehicles ended up--in the 18-wheeler's original lane of travel. Had there not been more thorough investigations from professionals, there's no telling if the victim's loved ones would ever have learned the truth.

Just to be clear, my goal is not to say anything like that happened here or that these reports are inaccurate. Further investigations could show everything these reports say is true. But they could also show there are extenuating circumstances neither driver had control over. Mechanical issues, tire defects, road hazards, other reckless drivers that left the scene, a medical condition--even if something seems unlikely, ensuring folks are getting the full story needs to be the priority. Are those steps being taken here?

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