• August 23, 2022

Donna Wright Killed, Sons Injured in 3-Vehicle Crash on FM 787 in Liberty County, TX

UPDATE (August 25, 2022): The adult victim of this crash has been identified as 32-year-old Donna Wright.

Liberty County, TX — August 22, 2022, a 32-year-old woman died and two children were injured in a collision with two 18-wheelers on FM 787 in Liberty County.

According to reports the incident happened around 6:10 a.m. on FM 787 near the Cleveland Municipal Airport. Preliminary investigation suggests a Kia Sorento was headed west on the roadway when the driver attempted to pass a Peterbilt tractor-trailer ahead of it.

While passing, the Kia left the roadway and the driver reportedly over-corrected. That caused the SUV to enter the oncoming lane, where it crashed with an eastbound Peterbilt big rig. Afterward it hit the westbound truck as well, then spun partway off the road into the grassy ditch.

The Kia's driver was fatally injured in the crash. A 2-year-old in a car seat was ejected from the SUV; they and a 7-year-old who remained inside suffered critical injuries and were taken to an area hospital. The truck drivers were unhurt.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Donna Wright Killed, Sons Injured in 3-Vehicle Crash on FM 787 in Liberty County, TX

Commentary on Donna Wright Accident in Liberty County

After a wreck like this when a driver loses control mysteriously, people have an unfortunate tendency to blame the consequences on that driver. The common feeling is that vehicles don't just go out of control on their own...but is that actually accurate?

Folks don't always realize how many faulty and defective parts make their way into all manner of consumer products, from home electronics to swimming pool floaties to many auto parts. Consider the infamous GM ignition switch recall from a few years ago, when a single electronic relay part in millions of GM and Chevy vehicles caused them to suddenly lose power in motion. For a more recent example, look no further than Ford's recently-announced recall of almost half a million vehicles due to possible brake line ruptures. Those are fairly high-profile examples, but there are dozens of others active at any given time.

That's not to say I know that a vehicle defect caused the tragic situation on FM 787, but I know from long experience that the possibility is too often ignored by police without the training or equipment to check into it properly. Click below to read more.

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