Woman Killed in Auto Accident on Highway 56 in Southmayd, TX
Southmayd, TX — September 8, 2022, an elderly woman died in an auto accident at a highway intersection in Southmayd.
Authorities say the incident happened Thursday afternoon at the crossing of state highways 56 and 289. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving east toward Sherman on TX-56 when a westbound pickup truck somehow crashed into her.
The car's driver died at the scene. Three people in the truck were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Southmayd Auto Accident on TX-56
Frankly news reports about this accident still leave a lot to be desired. I'm not coming down on authorities for not having all the dots connected so soon afterward, but even some of the basics seem lacking. Police said the westbound driver "couldn't slow down in time," but if they were traveling the opposite direction of the victim did they also cross over the center line? Did one driver or the other try to turn at the highway intersection? Did somebody fail to yield? In short: What gives?
I'm fairly sure police will at least put together a more coherent timeline before they wrap up their investigation, but even if they better establish what happened they may fall short of adequately explaining how or why. To answer those it's always crucial to dig deep and consider all the possible contributing factors, but law enforcement doesn't always have the time or resources to fully commit to that. If there's any confusion or doubt about what happened (and so far it sure looks like it), an independent investigation may do a better job of explaining. If there are other steps to take beyond simply learning the whole truth, they may depend on what that truth turns out to be.