One Killed in Three-Vehicle Accident on Katy Freeway in Houston, TX
Houston, TX — September 19, 2022, one person died in a three-vehicle hit-and-run run crash on the Katy Freeway (Interstate 10) in Houston.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. on the westbound Katy Freeway near TC Jester Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chevy Impala and a Kenworth tractor-trailer were westbound on the freeway when the car's driver allegedly failed to control speed and rear-ended the big rig's trailer.
The Impala became disabled and moments later it was hit by a second passenger vehicle. The striking driver left the scene without rendering aid.
The Chevy driver was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Houston 3-Vehicle Accident on Katy Freeway
Police say the victim of this crash failed to control his speed and rear-ended the truck before he was hit himself by another vehicle. I have no reason to doubt any of that, but at the same time I wonder if it's really the whole story. People have the occasional bad habit of assuming that every rear-end crash is the fault of the striking driver, but there are times when a collision is actually out of that person's hands.
I'm not saying I know something police don't, but I hope before pointing fingers at the man who can't even defend himself they also looked into other possibilities: Brake failures or defects in the Chevy (let's not forget GM, the owners of Chevy, had problems with their vehicles being unable to stop just a few years ago), sudden braking or lane changes by the 18-wheeler, a medical episode incapacitating the victim...there are plenty of explanations beyond simple carelessness, yet people are often blamed for making mistakes they actually didn't.
That's why after major accidents--particularly ones involving commercial trucks--I often suggest a second look by independent experts to better ensure the whole truth is found. That could even benefit police, who no doubt have their hands full trying to track down information about the hit-and-run vehicle and may not have time to follow up on other issues. Regardless of who does the looking, though, those affected deserve to know that no stone was left unturned.