• September 01, 2022

Joni Smith, Child Killed, 2 Injured in Car Accident on 114th Street in Lubbock, TX

UPDATE (September 2, 2022): Recent information indicates that a woman injured in the crash later died. She was identified as 44-year-old Joni Smith. A 9-year-old in Smith's vehicle died, as well. Two other children had reportedly serious injuries. Another driver involved, 31-year-old Jordan Merchant, was left in an unspecified condition. At this time, the cause of the crash remains unclear.

Lubbock, TX -- August 31, 2022, one person was killed and three people were injured due to a car accident on 114th Street.

Joni Smith, conrad thomlinson Car Accident in Lubbock, TX

It appears that the incident happened just before 5:00 p.m. along 114th Street at Indiana Avenue.

The exact cause of the crash remains unclear at this time. One person sustained fatal injuries while at least three people were seriously injured. Additional details are unavailable at this time.

Commentary on Joni Smith Car Accident in Lubbock

It's not clear what led to this crash, but there are countless details which need attention. It isn't always just a matter of someone being on their phone or drunk, common as that may be. How fast were the vehicles going? Is this a common intersection for serious wrecks? Did airbags and seatbelts work properly? Were any other vehicles involved that left the scene? Without thorough investigations, details may slip through the cracks. Quite frankly, authorities aren't always the ones to rely on for those thorough investigations. At the very least, consequences this devastating at least warrants more thorough independent investigations to make sure those involved know they're getting the full story.

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