Maria Kirkham Injured in Car Accident on Col. Rowe Blvd in McAllen, TX
McAllen, TX — January 27, 2022, 73-year-old Maria Kirkham was seriously injured in a car accident on Colonel Rowe Boulevard in McAllen.
Reports say the incident happened around 12:40 p.m. on Col. Rowe at Wichita Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford Edge SUV was headed south in the outside lane of the roadway as an Acura MDX SUV was westbound on Wichita headed toward the intersection.
Both drivers told investigators they had a steady green light and proceeded into the crossroads, where the two vehicles collided at an offset.
According to reports Maria Kirkham suffered serious injuries in the collision. The Acura driver and both occupants of the Ford all claimed possible injuries.
Investigators noted that due to no available third-party witnesses or camera footage from the area they were unable to say what specifically caused the accident.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Maria Kirkham Accident in McAllen
It sounds from reports like the two drivers in this accident (with possible backup from their passengers) each said their light was green. Police didn't find any tie-breakers to learn more so it may be another situation like many I've seen where they throw their hands up and tell the crash participants to sort it out amongst themselves.
That probably doesn't sit particularly well with whichever driver really had the green light--though I'm not taking sides there. If police lacked the time, temperament, or equipment to find useful sources of information maybe independent investigators would have more luck separating fact from fiction.
Reconstruction of the accident scene, examining both drivers' phone records, looking into the data from their vehicles' Electronic Control Modules, and checking into various sources of data police don't always check could paint a much clearer picture that might help the parties who weren't at fault. At the very least it's important to learn as much of the truth as evidence can tell, so if police don't care enough to dig that deep then maybe someone else should step in.