Leon Roff Injured in Truck Accident on Hwy 87 in Newton County, TX
Newton County, TX — July 3, 2022, 73-year-old Leon Roff was injured in a collision between two pickup trucks on State Highway 87 in Newton County.
According to reports the incident happened around 10:00 a.m. along TX-87 at FM 2460, between Bleakwood and Trout Creek. Preliminary investigation suggests Roff was driving a Ford pickup west on FM 2460 when he pulled into the highway's lanes and was hit by a southbound Dodge pickup with a hitched trailer.
Roff suffered unspecified injuries in the crash and was taken to a Beaumont hospital. The Dodge driver was reportedly unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Leon Roff Accident in Newton County
Early reports suggest the victim may have failed to yield the right-of-way when crossing through the highway. Some may think that means the wreck's his fault and wash their hands of the matter, but it's never wise to just write a crash off that way. Few accidents are really as cut-and-dried as a few sentences in the news make them sound, and the victim certainly deserves the benefit of the doubt while investigators are still putting the puzzle together.
As things stand there are a number of unknown factors that could still have played a part in what happened. For instance, what if the victim's brakes failed? Could he have experienced a medical emergency that took away his control? Is there anything dangerous or poorly-designed about that intersection--blocked sightlines, damaged or missing signage? How fast was the pickup with the trailer traveling as the victim entered the road? Was there anything that driver could have done to avoid the collision? Were both drivers awake, alert, and paying attention to their surroundings?
None of those questions are meant to overcomplicate things or make accusations. I'm only saying what I always do: When someone is hurt or killed in an accident it's important not to jump to any conclusions, but instead to investigate carefully and learn all the available facts. The victim deserves to know that every effort was made to find the whole truth. Any action beyond that would depend on what that truth turns out to be.