• May 09, 2022

Makayla Gassman Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on TX-64 in Smith County

Smith County, TX -- May 6, 2022, 21-year-old Makayla Gassman died in a single-vehicle accident on State Highway 64 in Smith County.

Authorities say the incident happened Friday morning along eastbound TX-64. Reports indicate Gassman was driving a Nissan Sentra east on the highway when she lost control for unknown reasons. The Nissan traveled off the road to the south, then overturned and hit a culvert.

Gassman was ejected from the car during the crash and suffered fatal injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Makayla Gassman Accident on TX-64 in Smith County

Some folks may read the few details of this accident and decide for themselves what happened without waiting for evidence. After many single-vehicle wrecks they're often ready to blame one or more of the most common factors--things like speeding, sleepy driving, or distraction from a cell phone. Cynics might even try to blame impairment, which is a factor in many similar crashes.

Makayla Gassman Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on TX-64 in Smith County

I'm not personally suggesting alcohol was involved in this accident, but impairment is a common enough factor that police will probably at least consider the possibility. It's also important to look into it as a local business may have violated Texas dram shop law by over-serving the driver, and if so that business should be held accountable.

However, alcohol should only be one of many things investigators look into. There are also less-common but still important factors to consider like vehicular failures, tire blowouts, hazardous road or weather conditions, or even other drivers involved in the crash that left the area without stopping or rendering aid.

Until all the facts are found through a thorough reconstruction of the scene and additional sources of information like eyewitness statements and forensic data, it's important to be patient and not jump to conclusions. At the very least, the victim's loved ones deserve to know all care was taken to learn the truth.

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