• September 19, 2022

Joe Miller, Mary Miller, Tiffany Scroggins Killed, Cora Sterling, 2 Injured in Car Accident in Anderson County, TX

Anderson County, TX -- January 21, 2022, Joe Miller, Mary Miller, and Tiffany Scroggins were injured while three were injured after a multi-car accident.

Preliminary details given indicated that the incident happened at around 2:00 p.m. on Highway 19 in the area of County Road 408.

Investigators said that 38-year-old Tiffany Scroggins was in a vehicle traveling southbound on the highway. That vehicle reportedly began to pass a vehicle driven by Cora Sterling. Following this, the pickup then collided head-on with an oncoming Subaru reportedly driven by Joseph Miller. Their vehicles then hit Sterling's vehicle.

Due to the collision, Scroggins, Joseph Miller, and Miller's passenger, Mary Miller, succumbed to fatal injuries. Sterling and two passengers were said to have non-incapacitating injuries.

Right now, police say alcohol is a suspected factor in the crash. Confirming this, however, would require more thorough investigations.

Commentary on Joe Miller, Mary Miller, Tiffany Scroggins, Cora Sterling Car Accident in Anderson County

When I say details have yet to be confirmed, it's not because there's a specific reason I doubt this information. Rather, it's from decades of experience seeing authorities get details wrong and overlook crucial information. It's not even that alcohol might not have been a factor here, though that is worth considering. It's possible that there's more to the story even if alcohol was a factor.

Joe Miller, Mary Miller, Tiffany Scroggins Killed, Cora Sterling, 2 Injured in Car Accident in Anderson County, TX

For example, one possibility authorities rarely consider on their own is dram shop law. The law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Restaurants, gas stations, liquor stores, bars--businesses contribute to crash like this one all the time, tearing apart the lives of countless families all for a little bit more business.

I'm not saying that's what happened here, but this long after the crash, it's a bit worrying that there aren't more details available. Perhaps more thorough independent investigations would be a step toward getting the families affected by this awful even the answers they deserve.

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