Jaden Willis Killed in Auto Accident on Highway 6 in College Station, TX
College Station, TX — July 18, 2022, 21-year-old Jaden Willis died in a two-vehicle accident at Texas 6 and University Drive in College Station.
According to reports the incident happened shortly before 4:55 a.m. at the intersection of the TX-6 frontage road and University Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Willis was traveling north on the frontage road when she allegedly ran a red light at University and her Honda Civic was hit on its driver's side by an eastbound Chevy Silverado.
Willis was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jaden Willis Accident off TX-6 in College Station
UPDATE (January 13, 2023): Further investigation reportedly determined that the victim of this accident had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 at the time. I say that not to tarnish her name or make any judgments, but if evidence suggests she was impaired there may be more to uncover in this sad story.
You might not know it from the way many bars behave, but Texas dram shop law prohibits them from selling or serving alcohol to customers who have clearly had enough. The law calls it being obviously intoxicated, and businesses have to refuse further service to people in that state. Unfortunately that doesn't always happen, so when a bar puts a few more bucks ahead of its legal duty to protect its customers and the public dram shop is the instrument by which it answers for its negligence.
Not every DWI crash involves a law-breaking bar, and I'm not claiming to know of a specific College Station business that contributed to the loss of this young woman's life. However, I think most would agree that her family deserves the whole story and every detail; I just hope authorities took the time and care to deliver that.
ORIGINAL: The intersection mentioned in reports is light-controlled, so could it be that one driver or the other ran a red light or failed to yield before the crash? Is it possible one or both were sleepy, distracted, or possibly impaired? Were sightlines blocked in some way? Is that intersection well-lit at night? Were both vehicles' headlights on?
Those are just a few of the many questions that still need answers to determine the whole story of how this tragic crash occurred. I don't ask them to overcomplicate things, but it's important to keep in mind just how many moving parts there really are to these situations--and how little "one vehicle hit another" really tells anyone.
Answering those questions and learning all the important details means having experienced professionals look into the evidence as soon as possible. Maybe police have things under control, but if they're busy with other responsibilities or if their department lacks the proper equipment or training their investigations may not be enough. Will the right people get the chance to look into this and make sure the victim's loved ones get all the facts?