Kenneth Bohlscheid Killed in Car Accident on BI-20 in Midland County, TX
Midland County, TX — June 22, 2022, 61-year-old Kenneth Bohlscheid was killed in a single-vehicle accident on I-20 Business in Midland County.
According to reports the incident happened around 3:40 p.m. on Business 20 near mile marker 328. Preliminary investigation suggests Bohlscheid was driving a GMC Sierra pickup west at alleged unsafe speeds when he lost control. His vehicle swerved off the road to the right and he over-corrected left, causing it to enter a side-skid and overturn.
Bohlscheid was ejected in the rollover and suffered fatal injuries.
Investigators noted finding alcohol containers around the crash site and requested toxicology reports.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Kenneth Bohlscheid Accident in Midland County
It's not clear what exactly went wrong here, so I hope people don't jump to any conclusions until the picture is clearer. Folks read about a single-vehicle wreck and tend to think the driver was speeding or looking at their phone, or even--more cynically--that they were impaired. After their once-over police seem to feel the same about speeding and possibly about alcohol.
I'm not saying one way or the other what the toxicology tests will show, but the possibility the driver was impaired deserves careful investigation in case a local business violated dram shop law and could be liable for the driver's fatal injuries. However, just because alcohol and some other factors are common doesn't mean they should be taken for granted. Will authorities consider less-common possibilities too?
Things like mechanical failures or defects in a victim's vehicle are too often overlooked as investigations get limited only to more common issues. Take for example the GM ignition switch recall a few years ago: A manufacturing mistake led an important part to suddenly cut off power to vehicles, taking away vital things like anti-lock braking, power steering, and even airbags. In many cases it left drivers going highway speeds with little to no control over their vehicles.
The resulting crashes reportedly killed over a hundred people and injured many others, yet the public didn't know about the problem for years. It took independent investigators diligently connecting the dots to finally bring the truth to light. In the meantime, though, far too many people read about those deadly wrecks and assumed the victims did something wrong.
I'm not saying the Midland County wreck was due to a dicey vehicle part, but because things aren't always what they seem jumping to conclusions isn't a good idea. The victim's family needs real answers, and it's important that the right people look into things to provide them. Any steps beyond that would depend on what is learned.