• May 26, 2022

Taylor Reyes, Jesse Canal Killed, Child Injured in Crash on Toll 49 in Smith County, TX

Smith County, TX -- May 25, 2022, Taylor Reyes and Jesse Canal were killed and a child was injured in a traffic collision on Toll Road 49 in Smith County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:30 a.m. on Toll 49, roughly five miles north of Tyler. Preliminary investigation suggests Canal was driving a Honda CR-V north on the wrong side of the road in a no-passing zone when he crashed into Reyes' oncoming Chevrolet Silverado.

30-year-old Canal and 31-year-old Reyes both suffered fatal injuries in the wreck. A 7-year-old boy in the Chevy received serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Taylor Reyes, Jesse Canal Accident on Toll 49 near Tyler

Reports suggest one driver either crossed over the center line or had traveled some distance in the oncoming lane before the collision. That's a serious concern any time it happens, so it's important that investigators look carefully into how and why it happened.

After reading the short description in the news some may have theories of their own about that. Common explanations might include driver fatigue, distraction from a cell phone, or even possible impairment (even on a Wednesday morning the possibility can't be dismissed outright). Each of those and combinations of them are responsible for many similar crashes and they deserve attention, but they're also not the only explanations.

Taylor Reyes, Jesse Canal Killed, Child Injured in Crash on Toll 49 in Smith County, TX

Less-common possibilities have to be looked into as well to be sure the whole truth is found. Things like hazardous roads, vehicle or tire failures, or even sudden medical episodes while driving have to be accounted for as well. If every possibility isn't properly considered and ruled out, there's a risk that the wrong explanation will be taken for the truth. That can make serious problems for victims and families if they later search for more answers about what happened to them or their loved ones--to say nothing of holding the right parties accountable.

Only time and further careful investigation can reveal what really happened in this accident. Will police ensure the whole story is found, or would the victims' families be better off with independent investigations?

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