One Injured in Four-Vehicle Crash on East Freeway in Houston, TX
Houston, TX — June 19, 2022, a 64-year-old passenger was seriously injured when an SUV crashed on the East Freeway in Houston.
Reports say the incident happened around 10:06 p.m. on the East Freeway near San Jacinto Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Lexus SUV was traveling west on the freeway when the driver drifted out of her lane and crashed into a Hino work truck parked on the right shoulder. After the impact the Lexus rolled back into the travel lanes and was hit by a westbound Nissan Armada. The Nissan rebounded and also hit a nearby Ford Focus.
The Lexus' passenger suffered serious injuries in the crash. No other serious injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on East Freeway Multi-Vehicle Crash in Houston
Reports say "failure to maintain a single lane" is thought to be the main factor in this crash, and the described details seem to support that. However, failure to stay in a lane has always seemed to me like more of an effect than a cause; what made the driver drift toward the shoulder? Were they distracted by something and didn't realize they went off-course? Did they fall asleep? Could they have been impaired at the time?
Police mentioned they were investigating the crash as a possible DWI situation, so that last possibility wasn't lost on them (Houston police are particularly sensitive about alcohol since Harris County often leads the state in drunk driving wrecks). If they find evidence that the driver was under the influence of alcohol that could change the investigation, since a local business might have violated Texas dram shop law and could be liable for the hurt passenger's injuries.
Still, right now it's anybody's guess why things went down this way and I'm not jumping to conclusions. I just hope authorities will be as careful and thorough as the situation merits. If they plan to leave well enough alone and move on without finding the whole truth, maybe independent investigators should look again on the victim's behalf.