Crystal Craft Dies in Car Accident on State Hwy 63 in Jasper County, TX
Jasper County, TX -- April 28, 2022, 27-year-old Crystal Craft died in a three-vehicle accident on State Highway 63 West in Jasper County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. along TX-63 near Recreational Road 255 and mile marker 750. Preliminary investigation suggests Craft was driving a Dodge Avenger west on the highway when she slowed to make a left turn into a nearby parking lot. As the Avenger slowed a Dodge Dakota pickup truck driven by 19-year-old Jesse Bailey approached from behind and hit it. The impact pushed the Avenger into the parking lot where it hit an unoccupied Oldsmobile sedan.
Craft was pronounced dead at the scene. Bailey received non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a Beaumont hospital.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Crystal Craft Accident on TX-63 in Jasper County
Reports indicate one driver rear-ended another on the highway, but understandably police aren't quite ready to say why that happened yet. They still have to investigate a number of possible explanations, from a simple driver mistake like distraction to fatigue to something more complex like intoxication--not that I'm accusing anyone of that, just noting that it's a common factor that will probably get some attention at least to rule it out. The crash could also have been caused by something out of the striking driver's hands; if his pickup hit a bad patch of road or had a brake failure, it wouldn't be right to blame him for what happened. Some issues are more often involved in these wrecks than others are, but all them must be properly evaluated.
As investigators keep working to connect the dots, jumping to any premature conclusions isn't a good idea. I've seen too many people rush to judgment after reading an early news release with few details only to change their minds completely after more information came to light. The same could happen here, though a "by the book" police investigation may not sufficiently explain things either.
After a major accident--particularly one involving loss of life--I generally suggest an independent investigation to better ensure the whole truth is found. Whatever is learned, those affected deserve to know that every effort was made to bring them all the available answers. Any other actions beyond simply learning the truth would depend on what that truth turns out to be.