Toshombi Bradley Killed, Two Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler in Houston, TX
Houston, TX -- March 18, 2022, 20-year-old Toshombi Bradley was killed and another person was injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer on Aldine Westfield Road in Houston.
Authorities say the incident happened just after noon at the intersection of Aldine Westfield and East Richey Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a commercial 18-wheeler was traveling north on Aldine Westfield when it started to turn left to travel west on Richey. As the truck turned it was hit by a Chevrolet Cruze whose driver allegedly ran a red light.
Bradley, the Chevy's front passenger, was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. The car's driver suffered critical injuries and was transported to another hospital. A second passenger in the car was also hospitalized for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The truck driver was unhurt.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Toshombi Bradley Accident in Houston
According to reports the car's driver ran a red light, which may lead some to think there's little else to say. I won't claim reports are wrong or that I know more than what they say about the collision, but I would point out--as I so often do--that preliminary reports are rarely the complete or final word about what happened. Without taking more time and looking deeper there are still unanswered questions that must be addressed.
A few spring to mind immediately: If the driver didn't stop at the light, why not? Was his car working properly--brakes, steering, safety measures? Could he have had any medical issues that prevented him from stopping? Was there anything dangerous about that intersection or the surrounding area? Did the traffic signals work properly? Was the victim distracted, fatigued, or otherwise preoccupied just before the collision? How certain are police that the Chevy had the red light at the time? Did any witnesses see the crash? Was it captured on traffic cameras or the big rig's dashcam?
These questions and many others need addressing before anyone can say for sure what precisely happened in Houston. Looking more closely at the crash in search of more details isn't about redirecting the blame or disputing law enforcement's findings; the simple fact is that unusual things cause crashes all the time. It's only right that those factors be considered as well after virtually any crash to make sure the whole story is learned. When a proper and full investigation is complete, the facts will have the final say on what caused the wreck and who or what is responsible. If any further action is warranted knowing that will depend largely on what those facts turn out to be.