Jimmie Williams Killed in 3-Vehicle Crash on Hwy 105 in Grimes County, TX
Grimes County, TX — August 10, 2022, 70-year-old Jimmie Williams died in a three-vehicle crash on State Highway 105 in Grimes County.
Reports say the incident happened around 1:00 p.m. on Hwy 105 at County Road 417, east of Navasota. Preliminary investigation suggests Williams was driving a Chevrolet Equinox west when he steered left hard to avoid a Dodge Ram legally stopped ahead as it waited to make a turn onto CR 417. The Chevy crossed left of center and spun, then stopped briefly across the eastbound lane. Moments later an eastbound Kenworth 18-wheeler crashed into the Chevy.
Williams was pronounced dead at the scene. The big rig driver and the Dodge driver were unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jimmie Williams Accident in Grimes County
If reports have their facts right the victim's vehicle crossed left of center and spun out in the roadway. That's a serious issue and investigators have to take a close look at why he allegedly failed to reduce speed until all he could do was steer away from the stopped pickup ahead (and what prevented him from steering right into the other travel lane).
However, most accidents are more complex than just a single causal factor, so I hope all the potential contributing elements get attention as well--from the stopped Dodge to the oncoming semi-truck and whether either of those drivers could or should have done anything differently.
That may seem unfair to them and to be clear I'm not accusing either of anything. I'm only calling for careful and thorough investigation, the same as I always do. I've seen more than a few accidents that seemed unavoidable at first, only to find out that other subtle factors helped cause a crash that could reasonably have been prevented. Would further thorough investigation by professionals with the right tools and training show something similar here?