• August 16, 2022

Kerry Hodges, Ashley Altum Killed in Clay County, TX Head-On Collision

UPDATE (August 17, 2022): Reports have identified the second victim of this accident as 36-year-old Ashley Michele Altum.

Clay County, TX — August 15, 2022, Kerry Hodges and another person were killed in a head-on crash near a Clay County intersection.

Reports say the incident happened Monday near the crossing of FM 174 and Brock Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Honda vehicle and Hodges' Jeep collided head-on in the area under unknown circumstances.

Hodges and the Honda driver were fatally injured in the crash. Hodges' wife, a passenger in the Jeep, was airlifted from the scene to a Fort Worth hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Kerry Hodges, Ashley Altum Accident in Clay County

If two vehicles collided head-on as described in reports it seems like one driver must have crossed over the center dividing line. That still leaves the important questions of who crossed over and why, so I hope investigators are hard at work trying to answer those.

Some may have their own theories about why a driver might go left of center. Some common explanations might be things like driver fatigue, distraction from a cell phone, or even impairment. Each of those and combinations of them are responsible for a great many crashes and they deserve careful investigation, but they're far from the only explanations.

Kerry Hodges, Ashley Altum Killed in Clay County, TX Head-On Collision

Less-common possibilities have to be looked into as well to be sure the whole truth is found. Things like hazardous roads, vehicle or tire failures, or even sudden medical episodes while driving have to be accounted for as well. If every possibility isn't properly considered and ruled out, there's a risk that the wrong explanation will be recorded in reports.

Only time and further careful investigation can reveal what really happened in this accident. Will police take the appropriate care to ensure the truth is found, or would independent investigators stand a better chance of getting much-needed answers for the victims' loved ones?

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