• September 08, 2022

Garrett Casey Killed in Head-On Crash off I-20 in Midland, TX

Midland, TX — September 2, 2022, Odessa man Garrett Casey died after a head-on collision on the Interstate 20 service road in Midland.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 7:45 a.m. on the 600 block of the north I-20 service road. Police dispatched to the scene found Casey's Nissan Rogue and a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck crashed in the roadway, each with significant front-end damage.

Casey was transported to an area hospital where he died a short time later. The condition of the Dodge driver is unknown.

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

Commentary on Garrett Casey Accident in Midland

If two vehicles collided head-on as described in reports it seems like one driver or the other may have crossed over the center line. That still leaves the important questions of who crossed over and why, which I hope investigators are hard at work trying to answer.

Some may have their own theories about why a driver goes left of center, like falling asleep or distraction from a cell phone. Those and some other factors are responsible for many such crashes and they deserve careful investigation, but they're also not the only explanations.

Garrett Casey Killed in Head-On Crash off I-20 in Midland, TX

Less-common possibilities have to be looked into as well to be sure the whole truth is found. Things like hazardous roads, vehicle or tire failures, or even sudden medical episodes while driving have to be accounted for as well. If every possibility isn't properly considered and ruled out, there's a risk that the wrong explanation will be considered the correct one.

Only time and further careful investigation can say what really happened in this accident. Will police take the appropriate care to ensure the truth is found, or would independent investigators stand a better chance of getting much-needed answers for the victim's loved ones?

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