• May 20, 2022

One Killed in Car Accident on Johnny Morris Rd in Travis County, TX

Travis County, TX -- May 19, 2022, one person was killed in a car accident on the 9000 block of Johnny Morris Road in northeast Travis County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:55 p.m. on Johnny Morris at Daffan Gin Road, close to US-290. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Toyota Corolla south on the roadway, allegedly traveling over the speed limit. A short distance ahead a Freightliner tractor-trailer, also southbound, changed lanes from the outside to the inside and then began to make a wide right turn into a private driveway.

Reports say the Toyota driver passed a non-contact witness vehicle, re-entered the right lane, then may have tried to pass the truck and trailer while the truck was turning into his path. The Toyota didn't make it by the truck and hit its tractor, then spun out and stopped in the nearby private driveway.

The Toyota driver was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Car Accident on Johnny Morris Rd in Travis County

UPDATE (June 7, 2022): Later investigative reports about this crash have some things to say about the victim's alleged driving behavior. Mention was made of speeding and a failed attempt to pass as well as possible driver distraction, all of which I suspect would be quickly brought up by the trucking company if anyone asked why their driver decided to pull a road-blocking wide turn while traffic was approaching behind him.

I don't mean to be unfair to the trucker, particularly considering how many of investigators' fingers seem to be pointed at the victim right now. I only mean that things may not be as clear-cut as these reports would have us believe, and now one person isn't available to tell his side of things. That's why it's important to be careful and thorough after accidents like this and obtain the whole story, viewed from all sides. Having decided on their narrative, will police now wash their hands of the accident? Would an independent investigation be helpful in finding anything they missed?

ORIGINAL: Right now there's very little information on how exactly this terrible crash occurred. I'm not coming down on authorities for not having all the facts straight yet, but that does make for some frustratingly vague news reports as they work to fill in the blanks.

There are still plenty of lingering questions to answer to make sure the whole truth of the accident is known. How fast was the car going just before the crash? Was anything wrong with the car mechanically or with its brakes? Could the driver have suffered some kind of medical issue that took away their control? Was the driver really distracted by his GPS as reports later suggested? Did the truck driver check for other vehicles before turning? Reports say the driver signaled, but how long before starting the turn did he activate that signal? Were the drivers behind the truck given ample warning?

One Killed in Car Accident on Johnny Morris Rd in Travis County, TX

None of those questions and the many others like them that need attention are meant to complicate things or make any accusations. I read the same reports as everyone else and I'm not pointing fingers based on the few sentences the news was able to publish. I'm really just trying to say what I always do: When people are hurt or killed in accidents like this it's important to put in the work and find the clear facts explaining how and why that occurred. Folks are often tempted to jump to conclusions based on what little news or police can say at first, but proper investigation will dig deeper to find the truth. The victim's loved ones deserve as many answers as can be provided. If there are any other steps to take, knowing that will largely depend on what those answers turn out to be.

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