• June 13, 2022

Joe Tatom Dead, Three Injured in Crash on TX-6 in Robertson County

UPDATE (July 8, 2022): The injured victims of this wreck have been identified as 73-year-old Larry Roche Sr. and 69-year-old Linda Roche. Driving the vehicle that failed to yield while crossing the highway and also seriously injured in the crash was 26-year-old Garrett von Castellese.

UPDATE (June 14, 2022): Reports have identified the man killed in this accident as 67-year-old pickup truck passenger Joe Tatom. The identities of the other victims have not been disclosed.

Robertson County, TX — June 11, 2022, one person was killed when an SUV collided with a pickup truck on State Highway 6 in Robertson County.

According to reports the incident happened around 10:15 p.m. along a stretch of Highway 6 near Lakeside Grocery and Sadberry Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a pickup truck attempted to cross through the highway toward Sadberry when it was struck by an SUV. Images taken at the scene show both vehicles in the grass off the right shoulder; the pickup truck is overturned on its roof.

One person died and several people were reportedly injured in the crash, including one who was airlifted from the scene.

The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Joe Tatom, Larry and Linda Roche Accident in Robertson County

Saturday-night crashes tend to provoke some specific reactions from the people who hear about them. There's almost a knee-jerk tendency to blame them on driver mistakes like distraction, speeding, or--for the cynical--impairment.

Those factors, both alone and in combination, cause many crashes so it's important that police look carefully for signs of them. However, none of them were mentioned as suspicions and there are plenty of other issues to check for as well. Bad weather or road conditions, vehicle malfunctions, some kind of medical episode on a driver's part, other vehicles that were involved but left the scene, and many other possibilities deserve careful consideration in pursuit of the full story.

Joe Tatom Dead; Larry Roche, Linda Roche, Garrett von Castellese Injured in Crash on TX-6 in Robertson County

At least one news report also mentioned that the stretch of highway where the wreck happened is somewhat infamous for claiming several lives over the past few years. They didn't elaborate, but poor road design is another issue that should be considered while puzzling out the details of the accident. If the county or state needs to do something about that area to make it safer, that obviously should happen sooner and not later.

There's still a lot of work to do in pursuit of answers here and I'm not claiming to know anything more than what reports tell. I only know that several people were hurt here, one fatally, and that alone merits every effort to find out how and why. If there's anything else to do besides find the truth, knowing so will depend on what that truth turns out to be.

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