• August 18, 2022

Molly Reck Killed in Crossover Accident on FM 356 in Smith County, TX

Smith County, TX — August 17, 2022, 18-year-old Molly Reck was killed in a head-on collision on Farm to Market Road 346 in Smith County.

According to reports the incident happened Wednesday along FM 346 near County Road 122, south of Tyler. Preliminary investigation suggests Reck was driving a Hyundai Tucson east on the roadway as a Toyota RAV4 was westbound nearby.

Reports indicate the Toyota's 16-year-old driver lost control for unknown reasons and ran off the road. She over-corrected and the Toyota ran into the eastbound lane where it collided with the Hyundai. One of the vehicles then caught fire.

Reck was pronounced dead at the scene. The Toyota driver was taken to a local hospital in stable condition.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Molly Reck Killed in Crossover Accident on FM 356 in Smith County, TX

Commentary on Molly Reck Accident on FM 346 in Smith County

Crashes involving teenagers, while clearly tragic, don't always get the careful investigation they deserve because people assume that a young driver is a reckless one. That means most accidents of this nature are simply blamed on driver error and not followed up on too closely (if at all).

Inexperienced drivers can make some unfortunate and costly mistakes at the wheel, it's true, and that possibility can't be dismissed in the Smith County accident. However, operator error is far from the only possible explanation for this terrible incident and it's important to take all due care in finding out the truth.

The only way to know for sure what happened is to conduct a careful and thorough investigation that accounts for all the possibilities. Things like dangerous road hazards, tire blowouts, or even vehicle defects may not be all that common, but they still happen all the time all over the world and they can't be written off without proper evaluation.

Defects in particular are often overlooked because law enforcement doesn't send out officers with the gear or training to detect them. That can be a serious problem if someone is blamed for a wreck that was in reality completely out of their hands. Click the image below to learn more.

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