• August 09, 2022

Patricia Swanson, Nathaniel Lewis Injured in Temple, TX Auto Accident

Temple, TX -- June 13, 2022, 36-year-old Patricia Swanson and 28-year-old Nathaniel Lewis were seriously injured in a traffic accident in Bell County.

According to reports the incident happened around 10:10 p.m. on Adams at Crepe Myrtle Lane. Preliminary investigation suggests Swanson was driving a Kia Sorento SUV west on the 7100 block of Adams, allegedly at high speeds, in the left lane. Nearby, Lewis was driving a Chrysler 300 west in the right lane.

Reports say Swanson drifted to the right and hit the back of the Chrysler. The Kia then swerved hard left and overturned, then rolled one or more times before coming to rest. The Chrysler veered right and hit a stop sign and a tree. The impact with the tree spun the car a short distance before it stopped.

Both Swanson and Lewis suffered serious injuries in the crash and both were taken to area hospitals.

No further information is available at this time.

Patricia Swanson, Nathaniel Lewis Injured in Temple, TX Auto Accident

Commentary on Patricia Swanson, Nathaniel Lewis Accident in Temple

I have no specific reason to doubt what police say happened here, but as always I would point out that preliminary crash reports are usually "best guesses" by officers at the scene and really shouldn't be mistaken for gospel truth. Before jumping to any conclusions it's best to consider whether there could be more to the story.

For example, one often-overlooked factor is a failure or defect in a supposedly out-of-control vehicle. In many cases people really are just speeding or not paying attention when trouble starts, but other times they're fighting to regain control of a vehicle that's not obeying them. How many people were unfairly blamed for being reckless after the infamous GM ignition switch defect shut off power in their cars and made them crash?

I'm not saying a dicey vehicle is guaranteed to be the reason for the Temple crash, but did police even consider the possibility? Vehicle failures and defects cause far more crashes than they're credited for, so I hope investigators--police or independent--take them into account. Click the image below to learn more about how that might go.

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