• July 05, 2022

Jerry Baker Jr. Killed, Lora Cahill Injured in Crash on TX-114 in Wise County

Wise County, TX — July 3, 2022, 32-year-old Jerry Baker Jr. died and 52-year-old Lora Cahill was injured in an accident on State Highway 114 in Wise County.

According to reports the incident happened shortly before 5:15 p.m. at the intersection of TX-114 and County Road 4489. Preliminary investigation suggests Baker was driving a Chevrolet C1500 pickup truck on CR 4489 when he stopped at TX-114. He pulled forward and allegedly failed to yield the right-of-way to an approaching Ford F-350 pickup on the highway. The two trucks collided in the intersection.

Baker suffered fatal injuries in the collision. Cahill, a passenger in the Chevy, was taken to a Fort Worth hospital with serious injuries. The Ford driver was unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Jerry Baker, Lora Cahill Accident in Wise County

Reports say the victim failed to yield, and I have no particular reason to doubt that, but they don't offer any insight into why. Some may say he was just careless, but it's possible something else--something overlooked at first glance--was involved.

Over my career I've seen hundreds of similar situations where law enforcement missed or omitted critical details in their reports. Far too often, police never return to a crash to review their first impressions.

Jerry Baker Jr. Killed, Lora Cahill Injured in Crash on TX-114 in Wise County

For example, I recently heard about a West Texas crash where a driver reportedly ran a stop sign and was fatally t-boned by an 18-wheeler. Police put the victim at fault and thought no more about it, but we learned later that the intersection's stop signs were actually removed by road workers and never replaced. The victim had no idea he had to stop before the crash, but until someone took a closer look he unfairly took the blame.

I'm not saying anything like that happened in Wise County. I only mean to emphasize that crashes aren't always as simple as they first appear and it's important to find out if anything else was involved. Preliminary reports from the news or police rarely tell the full story, so it's best to allow experienced investigators to look into the details before jumping to conclusions. The victims and their loved ones deserve every answer they can get.

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