Shem Munroe Killed in Crossover Accident on FM 929 in Coryell County, TX
Coryell County, TX — July 22, 2022, 46-year-old Shem Munroe was killed in a head-on collision on Farm to Market Road 929 in Coryell County.
According to reports the incident happened around 2:30 p.m. on FM 929, roughly a mile north of Gatesville. Preliminary investigation suggests Munroe was driving a Chevy Equinox south on the roadway as a 58-year-old man drove a GMC 3500 pickup truck north on the opposite side of the road.
Reports say the GMC driver fell asleep at the wheel and crossed left of center, then crashed into the Equinox head-on.
Munroe was pronounced dead at the scene. The GMC driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to an area hospital.
The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Shem Munroe Accident in Coryell County
Most of the time I write these blogs to shine a light on unique or lesser-known legal principles that relate to many kinds of crashes. Cars overturning or catching fire might have some questions of product liability to address, for instance, or DWI accidents often involve holding a negligent alcohol provider accountable under dram shop law.
Sleepy driving typically doesn't have many "after the fact" elements to talk about. As with any crash, though, the key is to be thorough. Just writing "fell asleep" on the report without making any effort to learn the context of that isn't fair to the people affected by the wreck. Was the GMC driver just far behind on sleep? If so, why? Where was he going, and where did he come from that day? Are investigators sure that nothing else--bad road conditions, vehicle malfunctions, or other issues--contributed to the crash? Did they check for those?
I don't mean to overcomplicate things here. Falling asleep is by itself more than enough to cause chaos on any roadway. I just want to make sure the whole truth is found and the victim's loved ones get all the answers and help they deserve. Will law enforcement make that a priority, or are they satisfied with what little information they provided already?