• August 29, 2022

Michael Martin, Cody Strickland Killed in Crossover Accident on FM 1927 in Ward County, TX

Ward County, TX — August 25, 2022, 21-year-old Michael Cade Martin and 28-year-old Cody Hunter Strickland died in a crash with a tractor-trailer in Ward County.

Reports say the incident happened around 3:30 a.m. on Farm to Market Road 1927 near mile marker 359, south of Pyote. Preliminary investigation suggests Strickland was driving a Dodge Ram pickup south on the roadway when he traveled over the center line for unknown reasons.

After entering the oncoming lane the Dodge crashed into the side of a northbound Freightliner semi-truck and its attached trailer. The pickup then ran off the road into the northbound bar ditch and came to rest.

Strickland and Martin, a passenger in the pickup, were pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Michael Martin, Cody Strickland Accident in Ward County

Reports indicate the victims crossed left of center for unknown reasons and triggered this accident, but there's still a lot of investigating to do before anyone could consider that set in stone. Many times officers' impressions at the scene are correct, but I've also seen cases where they missed the mark entirely. There are still a lot of missing details that could make a world of difference here.

For instance, even if police are 100% sure of who crossed over there's still the question of why. What caused the pickup to go left of center? Was it speeding? Was the driver distracted? Or did something unusual happen, like a medical emergency? Did the Dodge blow a tire or malfunction somehow? Was the road wet or in bad shape around that area? Did anything else--and goodness knows there are many possibilities aside from the ones listed above--happen that suddenly sent the pickup off-course?

Michael Martin, Cody Strickland Killed in Ward County, TX Truck Accident

I'm not trying to complicate things or suggest I know something police don't. I'm only suggesting that all the bases be covered, even the unlikely ones, to ensure nothing important is overlooked or misunderstood. Things are rarely as clear as a few vague sentences in the news or police reports make them sound.

That's why I often suggest that independent experts with the right training and tools have another look. Their practiced eye might only confirm what police originally concluded, but countless times over the years they've found vital clues that told a very different story. At the very least the victim's family deserves to know every effort was made to learn the facts; anything beyond that would depend on what is learned.

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