Rhendia Thomas Injured in Three-Vehicle Crash in Williamson County, TX
Williamson County, TX — May 14, 2022, 26-year-old Rhendia Thomas was injured in a three-vehicle accident on Farm to Market Road 973 in Williamson County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 11:00 a.m. on FM 973 at FM 1660. Preliminary investigation suggests Thomas was driving a Chevrolet Malibu east on FM 1660 and approached the FM 973 intersection. Reports say she failed to yield at the crossroads and entered FM 973, where the Chevy was hit by a northbound Kenworth construction truck. The impact pushed the Chevy into a nearby Nissan Armada SUV that was stopped for a sign on westbound FM 1660.
Thomas suffered serious injuries in the collision. A passenger in the Malibu received minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Rhendia Thomas Accident in Williamson County
Reports suggest the victim failed to yield at the intersection, but don't really clarify why that might have happened. Before anyone shrugs and says the victim just made a mistake, it's important to consider other potential explanations.
For example: Could the Chevy have had some kind of mechanical or brake problem? Was the victim in good health? Could something have blocked her view of the northbound truck? Was signage covered or missing at the intersection? Could bad weather or hazardous road conditions have been a factor? Does that area have a history of similar crashes? Is the intersection designed poorly? Ignoring right-of-way for a moment, could the truck driver have done anything differently to avoid the collision?
I'm not trying to overcomplicate things or unfairly blame anyone. I just want to make sure all the details are known as they should be after any accident. Unusual elements contribute to accidents all the time but they sometimes slip through the cracks during a normal police investigation.
We even saw a recent incident in West Texas where someone allegedly ran a stop sign and fatally crashed with an 18-wheeler. For weeks that was the accepted story, but it eventually came to light that road crews removed the signs during construction and didn't put them back. The victim didn't even know he had to stop there, but he was unfairly blamed until someone took a closer look.
It's unlikely that exact thing happened in Williamson County, but the point is that many crashes aren't as simple as they appear. The victim deserves the benefit of the doubt as every effort is made to find the whole truth. Will police be thorough enough to get it, or would independent investigators do a better job?