Tony Gross Killed by Vehicle on US-271 in Camp County, TX
UPDATE (July 28, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of this accident as 39-year-old Tony Gross.
Camp County, TX — June 27, 2022, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle along U.S. Highway 271 in Camp County.
According to reports the incident happened Monday night along US-271 near County Road 4114 and close to UT Health Pittsburg. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford F-150 was traveling north on the highway in the outside lane when the driver slowed to merge right and turn onto eastbound CR 4114. Right after merging the driver noticed the pedestrian standing in the turn lane and veered right to avoid him, but the pickup's front-left quarter hit the victim.
The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Tony Gross Accident in Camp County
After reading preliminary reports I feel like I still have more questions than answers. How long was the victim in the road before the pickup arrived? Why were they there? Where did they come from before that? How visible were they? Is that area lit up at night? Was the driver awake, alert, and paying attention to the road? Reports say police collected blood samples for testing; are they just covering their bases or do they think the driver was impaired? Were the truck's headlights on? Did other drivers successfully avoid the victim? Could or should anything else have been done to avoid the collision or reduce its damage?
I'm not accusing anyone of wrongdoing here or saying I know more than police investigators. I'm only saying what I so often do: Preliminary reports can be incomplete or incorrect, and it's important not to treat them as the final word. It's always best to carefully investigate all the possible factors in search of the whole truth. The victim's loved ones deserve no less.