One Injured in Auto Accident at University and Oak Grove in Little Elm, TX
Little Elm, TX -- March 28, 2022, a 53-year-old woman was seriously injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer on University Drive in Denton County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 4:35 p.m. on University Drive at Oak Grove Lane. Preliminary investigation suggests an International 18-wheeler was traveling northbound on Oak Grove and had a green light at the University intersection. Reports and multiple witness statements say the victim was driving a Mazda 3 at alleged high speeds on the shoulder of westbound University when she disregarded a red light and crashed into the side of the northbound truck's trailer. The Mazda ran under the trailer and came out the other side, then immediately caught fire.
The Mazda driver was able to escape the burning car but suffered serious injuries. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Auto Accident at University and Oak Grove in Little Elm
According to police the victim ran a red light and hit the truck, which some may think means there's not much else to say. I won't claim reports are wrong or that I know more than ppolice investigators, 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 what reports said about the victim's driving behavior was true, then what was going on there? According to police she was speeding on the shoulder and ran a red light, but why? Was her car working properly--brakes, steering, safety measures? Could she have had any medical issues that kept her from gaining control of the car? Was there anything hazardous in the area, like wet roads? Did the traffic signals work properly at that crossroads? How certain are police that the Chrysler 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?
One other area of inquiry comes to mind: Is it possible the victim was somehow impaired? I don't mean to make any accusations there, but some of her described behavior raises some red flags related to DWI behaviors. At the very least it seems like something police should have looked into, even just to rule it out. It's an important thing to be sure about because it could also mean a local alcohol vendor is partly responsible for the damage done under dram shop law.
These questions and many others need addressing before anyone can say for sure what precisely happened. Looking more closely at the crash in search of subtle 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.