Demion Hariford Injured, Raymond and Dakota Stewart Dead in Navarro County, TX Wrong-Way Crash
UPDATE (July 8, 2022): The two people killed in this accident have been identified as wrong-way driver Raymond Stewart, 29, and his passenger Dakota Stewart, 23.
Navarro County, TX — June 15, 2022, two people died and Demion Hariford was injured in a wrong-way crash on State Highway 85 in Navarro County.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly after 5:15 a.m. on TX-85 near FM 1129. Preliminary investigation suggests a Nissan Altima was traveling east in the westbound lane of the highway, against traffic, when it slammed head-on into Hariford's Volkswagen Passat. After the impact the Nissan caught fire and the VW overturned in the road.
The driver and passenger in the Nissan were pronounced dead at the scene. Hariford, 53, suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to an area hospital.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Wrong-Way Accident in Navarro County
It sets off some pretty serious warning bells when someone drives on the wrong side of the road, particularly in an early-morning (or VERY late-night) crash. There are a few common explanations for that--disorientation in an unfamiliar area, limited visibility on a dark stretch of road, distraction from something inside the vehicle, intoxication--and each deserves careful investigation. Intoxication in particular is important to look into; if the driver was over-served by a local business then that business may be liable for all three victims' injuries in the collision under dram shop law.
However, right now it's still anyone's guess why the Nissan was in the wrong lane. Until more conclusive evidence is found it's best nobody jump to any conclusions. I suggested some possible areas to investigate above, but I'm not claiming to know if any of them are truly involved. Will law enforcement give this wreck the careful attention it deserves to get to the bottom of it?