• June 07, 2022

Edmond Hurts Jr. Killed in Car Accident in Houston, TX

UPDATE (June 28, 2022): Recent reports gave additional details about the crash. They said that 65-year-old Edmond Hurts Jr. was in a Buick Encore traveling westbound along Beaumont Highway. At John Ralston Road, a southbound 18-wheeler reportedly failed to yield at a red light. Hurts's vehicle then crashed with the trailer after swerving to try to avoid it. Right now, additional details are unavailable.

Houston, TX -- June 7, 2022, one person was killed after an accident where two vehicles crashed on Beaumont Highway.

Preliminary reports did not say what exactly led to the crash. They said only that two vehicles crashed near the intersection of Beaumont Highway and Oates Road in the early morning hours of Tuesday. Somehow, two vehicles collided, resulting in fatal injuries for one of the drivers. It's unclear if there were any other injuries. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Edmond Hurts Jr. Car Accident in Houston

With the more recent reports on these events, I'm rather shocked we didn't see more about this in the news. If it's true an 18-wheeler failed to regard a red light, that's about as egregious as a mistake can get. But even in the recent reports, there are signs this crash may not be getting the attention it deserves. Taking steps to ensure the right people are looking into things could be crucial going forward.

In reports, for example, there are suggestions the victim may have made a faulty evasive maneuver. I can't say if that's true or not without more thorough investigations, but it reminds me of another case I had not long ago where the trucking company did everything they could to push blame onto the victim--an all too common defense tactic.

Edmond Hurts Jr. Killed in Car Accident in Houston, TX

In that case, the company said the victim had been speeding and not wearing their seatbelt when their driver cut the car off, resulting in a collision. While it was obvious this was just an attempt to muddy the waters, it was our burden to bring the facts to light.

One thing our continued investigations found was that the victim's speedometer froze on impact, proving they couldn't have been speeding at the time. Additionally, numerous emergency responders testified they actually had to cut through the victim's seatbelt to get them out of the car. It was only after we had clear evidence picking apart the defense that the company started to cooperate.

I'm not saying all of this to say this crash is the same as the one in the example. No two crashes are really alike, but they are all similar in that they require experienced investigators to properly navigate. If nothing else, this can help to rule out potential factors that can be used to distract and to shift blame away from those who need to be held responsible. While I can't say what happened here, experience tells me there were serious mistakes leading to this crash that these reports don't come close to addressing. A grieving family deserves to know steps are being taken to make things as right as possible for them. This crash isn't likely to be the exception.

Houston, TX Car Accident Kills 1 at Beaumont Hwy & Oates Road

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