• June 22, 2022

Alissa Abke Killed in Rollover Accident on TX-105 in Washington County

Washington County, TX — May 28, 2022, 41-year-old Alissa Abke died and a young girl was injured in a rollover accident in Washington County.

According to reports the incident happened around 3:15 p.m. along TX-105 near New Years Creek Lane, around thee miles east of Brenham. Preliminary investigation suggests Abke's Acura SUV was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run collision within Brenham city limits shortly prior to the rollover. Abke reportedly fled east and the Acura was seen by a Washington County deputy traveling on a bare wheel rim when it ran off the road and overturned, rolling multiple times before coming to rest.

Abke was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled and suffered fatal injuries. A 9-year-old girl in the SUV received non-incapacitating injuries and was taken to a Brenham hospital.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Alissa Abke Accident on TX-105 in Washington County

Police say speeding is thought to be a key factor in this crash, though the vehicle's missing wheel was most likely a significant issue as well. Beyond those, however, police also mentioned that alcohol consumption might have been involved. It's unclear how they arrived at that unless it's a guess based on the overall circumstances of the crash, but unless they find clear evidence proving it I discourage jumping to any conclusions.

At this point no one can say for certain what specifically caused the wreck or the victim's injuries; for all anyone knows it could have been something far more unusual than drinking or speeding. For instance, she may have fled the prior accident purely out of panic or shock and not realized the damage done to her vehicle. That's just one possibility of many that should be accounted for before anyone starts pointing fingers.

Alissa Abke Killed in Rollover Accident on TX-105 in Washington County

I'm not trying to overcomplicate things. Further investigations could show the wreck really boils down to speeding as police suspect, or maybe alcohol could have played a role as they also noted. If that second suspicion is proven by clear evidence, that could add further wrinkles to the investigation since a local business might have violated dram shop law and should face consequences of its own.

As the picture comes into clearer focus, however, I hope no one focuses so much on those theories that they neglect to consider others and investigate carefully in search of the whole story. The victim's loved ones deserve no less than the truth, and she deserves the benefit of the doubt unless objective evidence says otherwise.

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