• September 08, 2022

Linda Villarreal, Devin Andrews Killed in Floyd County, TX Crash on Ralls Highway

Floyd County, TX — September 1, 2022, 34-year-old Linda Villarreal and 24-year-old Devin Andrews died in a collision on Ralls Highway in Floyd County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:30 p.m. on Ralls Highway at FM 54 south of Floydada. Preliminary investigation suggests Andrews was turning a pickup truck from FM 54 onto the highway when he collided with an approaching car.

Andrews and Villarreal, a passenger in the car, died in the crash. Its driver Joel Villarreal was transported to a Lubbock hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Linda Villarreal, Devin Andrews Killed in Floyd County, TX Crash on Ralls Highway

Commentary on Joel and Linda Villarreal, Devin Andrews Accident in Floyd County

Investigators could ultimately find that this terrible incident was caused by a simple failure to yield as the news suggests, but all the possible explanations and relevant details must be accounted for. If there are extenuating circumstances like drunk driving or vehicle failures/defects involved here, that would obviously change the context of the accident--and what could be done in its aftermath.

To be clear, I'm not saying either of those are certainly involved in Floyd County. They're just examples of how things could be more complex than they seem and why it's important to learn (and prove) exactly what happened before reaching conclusions. It's possible the whole thing really boils down to a momentary and tragic mistake, but only after careful and thorough investigation can anyone say for certain. Will police commit the time and resources to learn the whole story, or would independent investigators stand a better chance?

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