• August 30, 2022

Robert Watley Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on Old McGregor Road in Woodway, TX

Woodway, TX — July 29, 2022, 74-year-old Robert Watley died in a fiery single-vehicle accident on Old McGregor Road in Woodway.

According to reports the incident happened around 9:15 p.m. on the 13000 block of Old McGregor near Ritchie Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Watley was driving a Cadillac SUV on the road when he may have suffered a medical emergency. He lost control of the vehicle and it ran off the road, then traveled around 400 feet until it hit trees and brush and came to rest. After the crash the Cadillac caught fire.

Watley, the SUV's sole occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene.

No further information is currently available.

Robert Watley Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on Old McGregor Road in Woodway, TX

Commentary on Robert Watley Accident in Woodway

Reading preliminary reports about this terrible accident, I can't help but notice that there seem to still be quite a few unanswered questions. A month later, I wonder if law enforcement plans to revisit the matter at all and fill in those remaining blanks.

Some may not see what's left to say, but consider some of the details: Police said the SUV ran off the road and headed toward the trees "at or near idle speed," suggesting it wasn't traveling very quickly. If it hit the trees at relatively low speeds, did its airbags or seat belts activate? Moreover, why did the grass beneath the SUV catch fire? Did it leak fuel or emit sparks after the wreck? If so, why?

Those questions and many others like them aren't meant to overcomplicate things, but I'm concerned that the low-speed collision--which are typically survivable--may have been made far worse by something wrong with the victim's vehicle. Investigators should take a closer look here and try to fill in the details that so far haven't been addressed. If police don't plan to finish the job or be thorough enough, maybe independent experts should step in.

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