• June 29, 2022

Savannah Nelson Injured in Rollover Accident in Angelina County, TX

Angelina County, TX -- June 3, 2022, Savannah Nelson and possibly one other were injured due to a single-vehicle rollover accident.

Authorities said they were called out to Fm 2109 near the Roy Barge Road intersection at around 10:45 p.m. They found that a Honda Civic traveling northbound along FM 2109 had run off the left side of the road. There, the vehicle went over a driveway and overturned.

The driver of that vehicle, identified in reports as 34-year-old Savannah Nelson, was said to have incapacitating injuries. The passenger was possibly injured as well, but that remains unconfirmed.

Officials reported that they were looking into speed and alcohol as potential factors. This and other possible factors cannot be verified at this time pending further investigations.

Commentary on Savannah Nelson Car Accident in Angelina County

The reason I wanted to talk about this particular crash is because it's the kind of crash people like to call me out on a lot. Consistently on this blog, I talk about the importance of taking initial reports with a grain of salt because they might not be telling the full story--or even an accurate one. Well what about this? Someone running off-road late at night was allegedly speeding and drinking, according to police. Open-and-shut, right? Well, were they actually speeding or drinking?

Savannah Nelson Injured in Rollover Accident in Angelina County, TX

I don't mean to suggest I know something about this crash the police don't. That's not at all the case. However, across three decades, I've simply lost count of how many times families came to me with reports similar to these only for more thorough independent investigations to show police were putting blame in the completely wrong place. They don't always have the right tools or experience for some complex issues, and sometimes even the authorities can make assumptions without letting the evidence speak for itself.

Is alcohol or speed possible here? Absolutely. In fact, a prudent investigator would never overlook such common factors, especially considering the possibility a local bar over-served the driver and is liable for the resulting injuries under dram shop law. But jumping to conclusions isn't going to do anyone any good. Maybe there is evidence to support these initial details, and maybe there is evidence that will change the story. Making sure that evidence comes to light needs to be the priority.

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