Mary Lou Mosley Killed in Truck Accident on I-20 in Midland, TX
Midland, TX -- May 2, 2022, 63-year-old Mary Lou Mosley was killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 20 in Midland.
Authorities say the incident happened around 11:20 p.m. on westbound I-20 near mile marker 143. Preliminary investigation suggests that Mosley’s Toyota Camry was “parked or stopped” on the roadway when a Volvo semi-truck hauling a trailer crashed into it from behind. Investigators later added the truck driver may not have been paying attention or driving with his hands on the wheel until just before the collision.
Mosley suffered critical injuries in the crash. She was transported to a Midland hospital where she later died.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Mary Lou Mosley Accident on I-20 in Midland
Clearly this is a tragic turn of events. My heart goes out to the victim's loved ones after their terrible loss.
As I look over the limited information that preliminary reports gave, I wonder about a number of unclear points. For instance, there are several details about the victim's vehicle that aren't explained. Was it actually stopped or moving slowly? If so, why? Did it break down mechanically somehow? Blow a tire? Run out of gas? Did the driver brake to avoid another car that cut her off? Did she herself have some kind of medical issue that caused her to stop or slow down? How long was the car there before the truck came along? Were its lights on after it came to rest? What about its hazard lights?
Speaking of the truck, that's another part of this crash with a lot of lingering questions. Were its lights on? If police think the trucker wasn't paying attention, what was he doing instead? Depending on how long the car was stopped in the lane, could or should the truck driver reasonably have had time or room to stop or steer into another lane instead of hitting it? Did the truck have any issues of its own with steering or brakes?
I don't mean to overcomplicate this matter or make assumptions. In bringing up all these lingering questions I'm trying to point out that things are rarely as simple as early reports from news or police make them seem. It's vital to investigate thoroughly and learn all the facts of the matter, both to bring badly-needed answers to the victim's loved ones and to be sure they're ready if there are questions of accountability to tackle. If there are steps to take to ensure the victim's family gets the help and justice they deserve, knowing that will depend in large part on what's learned by investigating carefully.