Hania Torres Injured in Rollover Crash on FM 149 in Montgomery County, TX
Montgomery County, TX — January 18, 2022, 29-year-old Hania Torres was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash on FM 149 in Montgomery County.
According to reports the incident happened around 8:05 a.m. on FM 149 near Mitchell Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Torres was driving a Honda Civic south on the roadway when she allegedly entered a curve at unsafe speeds. The Honda straightened out the curve and traveled off the right side of the road. It hit the west bar ditch and overturned, rolled several times, and came to rest on its roof.
Torres suffered serious injuries in the crash. 28-year-old passenger Donovan Vasta reportedly received minor injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Hania Torres Accident in Montgomery County
Something I see much too often after crashes like this is people--police sometimes included--jumping to hasty conclusions about how they happened. Reports and public opinion alike suggest driver mistakes like texting, drunk driving, or speeding (which police suspected on FM 149). However, rushing straight to blame common factors means ignoring others that deserve consideration: Vehicle failures, tire blowouts, road hazards, and many others. Likely or not, they still warrant consideration. Moreover, even if the driver made a mistake it's important to determine whether it should really have caused so much damage.
What do I mean? Well, something I rarely see police address on their own is possibly-defective safety features like seatbelts, airbags, or body design. If the parts of the car meant to keep someone safe instead endanger them by failing or working improperly (looking at you, Takata airbags) then they can make a bad crash far worse.
I'm not saying I know anything like that was involved in Montgomery County, but if asked to count on fingers how many times I know police looked into defects I doubt I'd need two hands. That's why it's best to ensure experienced investigators--ones with the time, gear, and know-how--look into things. Otherwise there's no telling what may slip through the cracks, and this is not a story to tell wrong.