Ricky Leon Schoonover Killed in Car Accident in Lubbock County, TX
Lubbock County, TX -- July 9, 2022 Ricky Leon Schoonover was killed after an accident where Schoonover's vehicle crashed off the highway.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 10:41 a.m. on US 62 just outside of Idalou.
In reports, officials said that 62-year-old Ricky Leon Schoonover was in a vehicle traveling along US 62. For reasons unclear, it appears the vehicle ran onto the median, went into the ditch, and overturned.
Schoonover sustained fatal injuries due to the crash. Right now, the exact cause of the crash is unclear.
Commentary on Ricky Leon Schoonover Car Accident in Lubbock County
Folks tend to jump to conclusions when they see a single-vehicle wreck. Were they on their phone? Speeding? Drunk? These are all possible factors worth investigating, but experienced investigators know those are just some of the many possibilities that need to be considered. Even unlikely possible factors warrant attention if families are going to get the answers they deserve.
For example, consider the infamous GM ignition switch defect from years ago. That defect reportedly led to over a hundred deaths because it would cause drivers to suddenly lose control, often going highway speeds. But for years, the public didn't know the issue existed. It took independent investigators connecting the dots to finally bring the issue to light. In the meantime, how many read about those tragic accidents simply assuming the victims got themselves killed?
Again, is that likely here? Not really, but it's still possible. That alone makes it worth ensuring that the victim's loved ones know they're getting the full story. Whether authorities can handle that or the crash would be better off in the hands of independent professionals remains to be seen.