• September 15, 2022

Thomas Kelley Killed in Auto Accident on I-20 near Big Spring, TX

Big Spring, TX — September 12, 2022, 83-year-old Thomas Kelley died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 20 in Howard County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 10:25 p.m. on I-20, just west of Big Spring. Preliminary investigation suggests Kelley was driving a Dodge Journey west in the eastbound lanes of the highway, against traffic, when he collided with a Freightliner 18-wheeler.

Kelley was wearing a seat belt but suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The truck driver was unhurt.

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

Thomas Kelley Killed in Auto Accident on I-20 in Howard County, TX

Commentary on Thomas Kelley Accident in Howard County

The news says the man who lost his life in this crash was traveling the wrong direction on the interstate, but it doesn't shed much light on how or why that happened. Some may have their own theories about that, but rather than make guesses it's best to keep an open mind and ensure that only clear facts ultimately tell the story.

Unfortunately, getting all those clear facts is sometimes beyond the reach of law enforcement traffic investigators. That's not to criticize the hard (and often thankless) work they do, but I've learned over the years that sometimes police investigations come to an abrupt halt due to staffing or resource shortages, a lack of training or proper equipment, or competing demands on their time pulling them away before the job is done.

Obviously an incomplete or incorrect report can be a real problem for victims and families seeking answers and help after a tragic accident like this one. That's why I often recommend that experienced independent investigators take another look and make sure no crucial evidence was missed. At the very least the victim's loved ones deserve to know no stone was left unturned; any steps beyond that would depend on what was under those stones.

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