Garrett Blackmon, 1 Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident in Ellis County, TX
Ellis County, TX -- May 12, 2022, Garrett Blackmon and a teenager were injured after an accident where their vehicle crashed off-road.
In reports, officials said that the crash took place at around 8:54 p.m. along FM 1446 off Mesa Road.
It appears that 18-year-old Garrett Coy Blackmon and two passengers were in a Chevy Silverado traveling westbound along FM 1446. For reasons which remain unconfirmed, the vehicle went off the side of the road where it hit a tree, then overturned.
Due to the crash, Blackmon reportedly had incapacitating injuries while an 18-year-old passenger was said to have less severe injuries.
Additional details are unavailable at this time.
Commentary on Garrett Blackmon Rollover Accident in Ellis County
As I looked to see if the news gave this crash any attention (which it didn't seem to), I was at least encouraged by the outpouring of support from the community for the victims. Too often, I read about wrecks like this, and the comments are just full of people blaming the victims and assuming they were speeding, drunk, or on their phone. That's especially true when the driver is a teenager.
I consistently talk on this blog about the importance of letting the facts speak for themselves. Is driver error common? Absolutely, but that doesn't mean it's okay to just ignore other possible factors. Were there mechanical issues? Road hazards? Defective tires? Missing signage or lighting? Did some other reckless driver leave the scene?
Even the authorities can overlook these possibilities, which is why it's usually more prudent to ensure there are thorough independent investigations into crashes like this. Hopefully those that read about this crash continue to keep the family in mind and let professionals worry about getting them the answers they need.