Adam McLin Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on FM 1097 in Montgomery County, TX
UPDATE (September 15, 2022): Officials identified the victim as 34-year-old Adam McLin. Details are still under investigation.
Montgomery County, TX -- September 8, 2022, one person was killed due to an accident where a vehicle crashed along FM 1097.
Preliminary details given by authorities said that the crash happened at around 10:30 p.m. near the Walker/Montgomery County line. A Kia was apparently traveling on FM 1097 East when it somehow lost control and ran off-road. There, the vehicle overturned, ejecting the driver.
As a result of the crash, the unidentified 34-year-old man from the Kia sustained fatal injuries. Police say they believe the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Adam McLin Single-Vehicle Accident in Montgomery County
Something that I've been vocal about for a while now it making sure there is a second set of eyes on a deadly crash to ensure nothing unusual slipped through the cracks. For example, it's not unusual for someone thrown from a wreck to have been unrestrained. That's exactly what seatbelts were designed to prevent. At the same time, I often see authorities say there was no seatbelt usage, but they didn't actually confirm this with evidence. They just made the assumption. Likely or not, seatbelts can break, come unlatched, fail to lock, and even seat assemblies can fail, rendering a belt useless. A proper investigation should be able to catch these things when necessary. Otherwise, the concern is families affected by tragedies like this may not be getting the whole story. Were authorities here more thorough, or do there need to be more thorough independent investigations?