• August 18, 2022

One Injured in UTV Overturn Crash on CR 179 in Comanche County, TX

Comanche County, TX — July 3, 2022, a 25-year-old man was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on County Road 179 in Comanche County.

According to reports the incident happened around 10:40 p.m. on CR 179 near FM 1689. Preliminary investigation suggests a Polaris Ranger UTV was traveling northeast on the roadway when its left-side tires drifted off the road. The driver tried to correct course and the Ranger rolled over onto its driver's side. It slid a short distance through the road and came to rest.

The UTV's driver suffered serious injuries in the crash. His passenger, 27-year-old Cheyenne Bledsoe, was unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

One Injured in UTV Overturn Crash on CR 179 in Comanche County, TX

Commentary on Comanche County UTV Accident on CR 179

Police seem to think speeding was a key issue in this accident, and I have no particular reason to doubt them--many recreational vehicle wrecks happen when their drivers overestimate their cornering. However, I also see in reports that police mentioned alcohol could be a factor as well. I don't know if they found something to make them suspect it or if they're just spitballing, but I hope if they're serious that they take appropriate steps to find evidence.

One thing that troubles me here is that police only seem to have looked at ways to blame the driver for what happened. I'm not claiming that's impossible, but a thorough investigation should look beyond the driver and consider what else might have played a part. Single-vehicle wrecks happen for a lot of reasons, and far from all of them involve driver mistakes. Click below to learn more about getting to the bottom of single-vehicle crash.

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