David Scott Graham Killed in Car Accident in Midland County, TX
Midland County, TX -- January 8, 2022, David Scott Graham was killed and one person was injured in an accident where two vehicles crashed.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 1:05 p.m. along I-20 near State Loop 250.
Authorities said that 72-year-old David Scott Graham was in a Chevy Sonic traveling eastbound on Loop 250 at the I-20 service road. Witnesses reportedly said Graham had a green light when proceeding across the service road. While crossing, a northbound pickup reportedly failed to stop at the light, crashing into the passenger side of Graham's vehicle.
Due to the collision, Graham succumbed to fatal injuries. The other driver reportedly had non-incapacitating injuries. At this time, additional details about the crash are unavailable.
Commentary on David Scott Graham Car Accident in Midland County
This is clearly an awful event, and if the mistakes supposedly leading to the crash are accurate, then there certainly should be appropriate consequences. But that's something folks generally understand, what may make things a bit more complex is finding out if any other factors contributed to this tragic accident.
For example, a t-bone collision like this, while certainly serious, doesn't have to be fatal. That's especially considering the victim was on the opposite side of their vehicle from the impact. Maybe high speeds were involved here, but most modern vehicles are well designed for an impact like this. Was this a survivable crash? If so, did something fail to protect the victim? Were there side curtain airbags? Did the vehicle hold up properly? Did seatbelts and the seat assembly itself work properly?
While relatively uncommon, possible defects are incredibly serious, and they rarely get any attention from authorities. Put simply, any possible contributing factor warrants investigations to ensure victims and families are getting the full story. Whether or not that ever happened here remains to be seen.