Daniel Gish Killed, Christian Gish Injured in Rollover Crash on FM 1408 in Jasper County, TX
Jasper County, TX -- May 14, 2022, 34-year-old Daniel Gish was killed in a single-vehicle rollover accident on Farm to Market Road 1408 in Jasper County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 7:15 p.mm. along southbound FM 1408. Preliminary investigation suggests 35-year-old driver Christian Gish was traveling south in a Chevy Silverado pickup when he reportedly failed to negotiate a curve. The pickup traveled off the west side of the road and Gish over-corrected. The vehicle side-skidded through the road and overturned on the east side, rolling several times before coming to rest.
Christian Gish and passenger Daniel Gish, whom reports say were unrestrained in the pickup, were ejected in the rollover. Daniel Gish was pronounced dead at the scene and Christian Gish was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Daniel and Christian Gish Accident on FM 1408 in Jasper County
After crashes like this, folks are often quick to jump to conclusions since single-vehicle wrecks are commonly due to driver error. That possibility can't be dismissed here, as things like speeding or distraction might have played a part in the pickup leaving the roadway. In some circumstances there are even questions of impairment to address, which is important to consider since it might mean a local business violated dram shop law and is partly responsible for the damage done.
It should be added that none of those factors are known to be involved and nothing says they have to be. I'm not implying anything or making accusations. They're all just common enough that they'll probably be considered if only to rule them out.
Just as investigators can't ignore possibilities that might reflect poorly on the victim, though, they also mustn't overlook other potential factors--even ones that may seem unlikely. A sudden mechanical failure, for example, isn't all that common but vehicle issues cause wrecks every day all over the world. A crash caused by speeding and one caused by brake failure might even look the same from the outside but they would have very different implications.
Without proper investigations some potential contributing factors might slip through the cracks. Are police taking steps to get all the available answers here, or would that kind of care require more thorough, independent investigations?