Marci Michelle Injured in Rollover Crash on Interstate 40 in Amarillo, TX
UPDATE (September 21, 2022): The person injured in this accident has been identified as 33-year-old Marci Michelle.
Amarillo, TX — August 17, 2022, one person was hospitalized after a collision with a semi-truck on Interstate 40 in Amarillo.
There are few preliminary details about the accident so far, but reports say it happened Wednesday morning on I-40 near the Bushland exit. A Dodge Journey was headed east on the highway when the driver tried to pass a nearby semi-truck but failed for unknown reasons. The Dodge sideswiped the truck, then ran off the road to the left and overturned. It rolled several times and came to rest in the median.
The Dodge driver was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Marci Michelle Accident on I-40 in Amarillo
All reports say so far is that an SUV sideswiped a truck and then went out of control. I have no reason to doubt that, but it's also not enough to say with confidence how or why the accident occurred. Anyone tempted to just point fingers at the driver for making a mistake would do well to remember that everyone deserves the benefit of the doubt unless clear evidence says otherwise.
That's why it's important to look into all the possible explanations for the accident. Poor road conditions or lighting, sudden medical emergencies, the truck suddenly trying to merge as the SUV passed it, or even some kind of mechanical defect or malfunction in the Dodge could have been behind the wreck, and if fingers are prematurely pointed those issues might be overlooked.
It's always best to investigate carefully and thoroughly and consider all the potential variables. Unfortunately law enforcement doesn't always have the time or resources to do so, which can be highly problematic for victims and families afterward. Click below to learn more about some of the obstacles of a police investigation.