• September 20, 2022

Celecia Jeffrey, Keyara Wade Killed in Hopkins County, TX Car Accident on I-30

Hopkins County, TX — September 17, 2022, 22-year-olds Celecia Jeffrey and Keyara Wade died in a car accident on Interstate 30 in Hopkins County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:40 a.m. along I-30 near mile marker 137. Preliminary investigation suggests Jeffrey was driving a 2009 Infiniti G37 west on the highway, possibly at unsafe speeds, when she lost control for unknown reasons in a curve. The car side-skidded off the road and crashed into a nearby tree, then caught fire.

Wade was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt; it's unknown if Jeffery was. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Celecia Jeffrey, Keyara Wade Killed in Hopkins County, TX Car Accident on I-30

Commentary on Celecia Jeffrey, Keyara Wade Accident in Hopkins County

Almost every time I see a crash like this, I soon come across readers speculating about all the ways it could be the driver's fault. There's no shortage of guesswork about speeding, distraction from a cell phone, or even falling asleep; among the most cynical theories might be about impairment, suggesting that no time of day is truly immune from at least a few such accidents.

To be clear, I'm not making any such guesses or accusations. It's not that they're necessarily off-base considering how often operator errors are behind single-vehicle crashes, but nothing should ever be taken for granted that way. Investigators haven't said anything definite about causes yet and filling in the blanks with idle speculation does more harm than good.

It's always important to consider all the potential explanations. Anything from a medical emergency to an ill-timed sneeze to a full-blown mechanical failure in the car could have been involved, so it's best not to jump to any premature conclusions as more dots are connected. Will authorities make sure those dots create a complete picture?

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