• September 16, 2022

Charles Bowden Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on TX-158 near Midland

Midland, TX — September 15, 2022, 41-year-old Charles Bowden died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on State Highway 158 near Midland.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:30 a.m. along TX-158 at County Road 1140, southwest of town. Preliminary investigation suggests Bowden was driving a Nissan Versa behind a Freightliner tractor-trailer on the highway. When the truck approached CR 1140 it reportedly slowed to turn and Bowden crashed into the back of its trailer.

Bowden was wearing a seat belt but suffered fatal injuries. The Freightliner driver was unhurt.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Charles Bowden Accident near Midland

The idea that a rear-end crash is always the rear driver's fault, without exception, is one of the most common misconceptions I run into. Investigators do often find that something like speeding, distraction, or following too closely are behind such accidents, but that's not universally true. That's why it's important to look carefully and consider all the possible variables of any accident.

For instance, what is visibility like in that area? Exactly how fast was the victim's car traveling at the time? Was it in proper working order--brakes, steering, safety measures? What about the truck--did it slow gradually when approaching the turn, or did the driver brake suddenly? Did he use his turn signal? If so, how long before turning did he activate it? Was the victim awake, alert, and paying attention to his surroundings? If not, why not? Are there any witnesses who can clarify things?

Charles Bowden Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on TX-158 near Midland

I don't want to overcomplicate things or point fingers. I'm only saying what I so often do: When people are hurt or killed in these accidents, it's not right to jump to conclusions. Instead, it's critical to invest the time and resources to understand exactly how and why the wreck happened. That might find or confirm a simple explanation, but only after other options are considered can anyone be sure. At the very least the victim should receive the benefit of the doubt unless clear evidence says otherwise.

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