• September 19, 2022

Cody Ellis Killed in Car Accident on Tidwell Road in Houston, TX

Houston, TX -- September 17, 2022, Cody Ellis was killed after an accident where two vehicles collided along Tidwell Road.

Investigations indicated that the incident happened at around 2:30 a.m. at the intersection of Tidwell Road and East Sam Houston Parkway.

Officials said that Cody Ellis was in a vehicle apparently stopped on eastbound Tidwell. Authorities said that another driver, identified as Diana Kruy, told them she had a green light going southbound on Sam Houston. At the light, police say that "it would appear" Ellis disregarded a red light, resulting in a collision with Kruy's vehicle.

As a result of the crash, Ellis sustained injuries which ultimately proved fatal. Kruy's injuries were said to be possibly minor. At this time, additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Commentary on Cody Ellis Car Accident in Harris County

I just want to be clear that I don't know more about this accident than what's in the news. All I can offer is my insight based on similar wrecks I've handled over my 30 year career. There are two things which stand out to me here which are worth further attention: the time of the crash, and the possible one-sided account of events.

Cody Ellis Killed in Car Accident on Tidwell Road in Houston, TX

First of all, any accident half an hour after bars close is likely to involve alcohol. This is obviously important when there are potential charges to follow, but it can also be important if an outside party contributed to the crash. This is due to dram shop law, which says alcohol providers can be liable if they over-serve an obviously intoxicated person whose intoxication then gets them or someone else hurt. Are police looking into that possibility?

Secondly, police mention specifically in their statements that they are still reviewing evidence and that there weren't third party witnesses for them to speak to. A family deserves to know they're getting the full story, and it's tough to say they would be hearing only one person's statement of the events. Are authorities being more thorough to rely on more than simply one person's statement? Accurate or not, it's best to take that statement with a grain of salt until more convincing evidence can confirm the events.

All of this is basically to say that these reports likely only scratch the surface. Any investigator worth their salt would delve much deeper to ensure nothing important slips through the cracks here. Are those steps being taken here?

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