Donald Jenkins Jr. Injured in Car Accident in Ellis County, TX
Ellis County, TX -- May 15, 2022, Donald Jenkins Jr. was injured due to an accident where Jenkins's vehicle crashed off-road.
Preliminary reports said that the crash took place at around 11:00 a.m. along I-35 near mile marker 380. It appears that 60-year-old Donald Jenkins Jr. was in a Ford Edge traveling northbound on the interstate. The vehicle ran off the side of the road where it then overturned and crashed into a tree.
Jenkins reportedly had incapacitating injuries due to the crash. Authorities say Jenkins could not remember the crash, and investigators mentioned the possibility of inattention, fatigue, or possibly a vehicle defect, but these have not yet been confirmed.
Commentary on Donald Jenkins Jr. Car Accident in Ellis County
It's not unusual to see authorities bring up things like inattention and fatigue after a single-vehicle crash, given how common those factors are. Seeing them bring up the possibility of a defect is somewhat encouraging, though, since authorities rarely look into such matters. But even if they mention that possibility, they'd still need the experience and equipment to look into something that complex and unusual.
Without those tools, something as complex as a vehicle defect may be beyond their capabilities. That's one of the many reasons I tend to rely on independent accident reconstructionists. Having the ability to bring to light or otherwise rule out defects is crucial for victims and families, and it can even be a vital step to preventing others from getting hurt, as well. It remains to be seen, then, if efforts were made to get answers about what did and didn't happen here.