Teen Killed, Trent Wood Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash on US-87 in Amarillo, TX
Amarillo, TX — June 19, 2022, a 16-year-old died and 19-year-old Trent Wood was injured in a single-vehicle crash in Amarillo.
According to reports the incident happened shortly before 6:00 a.m. on the 24000 block of U.S. Highway 87. Preliminary investigation suggests a southbound Chevrolet pickup left the roadway and crashed into a tree in the area of the "2nd Roadside Park."
The pickup's teen passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. Wood, the driver, suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to an area hospital.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Trent Wood Accident on US-87 in Amarillo
Some people have an unfortunate tendency to blame any single-vehicle accident on the driver. In comment sections fingers are often pointed at common issues like distraction from a cell phone, falling asleep at the wheel, or speeding--all of which are arguably mistakes the driver himself would make.
Statistically speaking those are some of the most common causes for someone to lose control and leave the roadway, but they're far from the only explanations and none can or should be taken for granted. Further investigation might still find this accident was due to something completely out of the victim's hands. People crash every day after their vehicles blow a tire, hit a wet patch of road, or swerve sharply to avoid animals or other cars in their path.
Currently no one knows what caused this terrible wreck. I hope investigators look carefully--not just for signs of common factors, but also for unusual issues too. It's important to be thorough and consider all the possibilities in search of the full story. If there's anything else to do beyond ensuring the people affected have the whole truth, it will depend on what that truth turns out to be.