Teen Killed in U-Turn Accident on US-83 in Runnels County, TX
Runnels County, TX -- May 2, 2022, a 16-year-old Ballinger boy was killed during a U-turn collision on U.S. Highway 83 in Runnels County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:00 p.m. on US-83, roughly three miles north of Ballinger. Preliminary investigation suggests the teen pulled his pickup onto the highway's shoulder then started to make a U-turn. As the truck turned around it was hit by a minivan in the roadway.
The teen was ejected from the pickup on impact. He suffered critical injuries and was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Auto Accident on US-83 in Runnels County
Crashes involving teenagers often get quickly written off because people just assume that the young driver was somehow reckless. That's found to be the case in many similar accidents, and I wouldn't rule it out here as evidence is gathered to tell the story. However, I certainly wouldn't just blame the victim immediately either. There are still other aspects of the wreck that must be considered to understand the whole picture. What about lighting and visibility in that area? Was the pickup in good repair? How fast was the minivan traveling? Did the young driver use his turn signal before starting the U-turn? If so, was the van driver paying enough attention to see it? Is anything wrong with that stretch of road that makes it dangerous?
Some of those aren't particularly common, but they still contribute to crashes all the time. Getting people the answers and help they need should always be a priority, which in this and many other cases means finding the necessary evidence to tell the story only with facts. Were those steps taken here, or did authorities just write this off as "just another reckless kid?"