One Dead in Crash after Police Chase on I-20 in Van Zandt County, TX
Van Zandt County, TX -- June 6, 2022, a woman died in a single-vehicle accident along the Interstate 20 service road in Van Zandt County.
According to reports the incident happened around 11:40 p.m. on the I-20 service road near County Road 4414. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving an SUV east on I-20 as she allegedly fled from law enforcement. She exited onto the south service road near CR 4414 but lost control in a curve. The SUV traveled into a grassy area nearby and crashed into a tree, then caught fire.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Auto Accident on I-20 Service Rd in Van Zandt County
Given what early reports have to say about this incident some folks are probably ready to jump to conclusions without waiting for more facts. I don't particularly doubt what the news said about it, but it's still important to take preliminary reports with a grain or two of salt. Even if there was a police chase involved here, it's important to consider the broader context of the crash to be sure it's totally understood.
As serious as the reported details are here, it's still possible this was all just a big misunderstanding or was due to something unusual. It's also possible that mistakes the driver may have made were not hers alone. For example, alcohol is sometimes a factor in serious wrecks like this. Drivers not in a normal frame of mind decide to flee from traffic stops when officers notice they're speeding or weaving between lanes, and tragedy often follows when those drivers lose control. In those instances local business are sometimes legally responsible for the damage done under dram shop law.
I'm not saying I know for a fact that alcohol was an issue here. It's just important before any conclusions are reached that police carefully investigate all the possible explanations for what occurred. Will authorities give the accident the thorough attention it deserves?