Rekia Johnson, Child Killed in Truck Accident on US-271 in Grant, OK
Grant, OK — September 22, 2022, 33-year-old Rekia Johnson and a 4-year-old girl died in a crash with a semi-truck on U.S. Highway 271 in Choctaw County.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 3:00 p.m. along US-271 at County Road 2120 in the town of Grant. Preliminary investigation suggests Johnson was driving a Chevrolet vehicle east on the county road when she allegedly failed to yield at the US-271 intersection's stop sign. The Chevy pulled into the path of a passing semi-truck and the two collided on the highway.
Johnson and a 4-year-old girl in her car died in the crash. Another 4-year-old was rushed to an area hospital with serious injuries.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Rekia Johnson Accident in Choctaw County
Reports suggest that vehicles on CR 2120 are meant to yield to passing traffic on US-271. If that's true then it's not clear why the victim didn't do so, but instead of pointing fingers or making guesses it's best to investigate carefully and consider all the possible variables of the accident.
For example: Did the Chevy have any mechanical or brake problems? What about the driver--was she in good health, awake, and alert? Did something block her view of the approaching big rig? Was signage present and clear at the intersection? Could bad weather or hazardous road conditions have been a factor? Does that area have a history of similar crashes? Ignoring right-of-way for a moment, could the truck driver have done anything differently to avoid the collision or reduce its damage?
I'm not trying to overcomplicate things or unfairly blame anyone; I just know that unusual factors are sometimes overlooked during preliminary investigations. There was even a recent incident in West Texas where someone allegedly ran a stop sign and fatally crashed with an 18-wheeler, only for us to find out later that TxDOT road crews removed the signs during construction and didn't put them back. The victim didn't even know he had to stop, but until that fact came to light police reports wrongly blamed him.
That's a pretty unique situations, but many crashes really aren't as simple as they might appear and crucial details are often missed or misunderstood. The victim deserves the benefit of the doubt while efforts are made to learn the full story. Will police be thorough enough to get it, or would an independent investigation stand a better chance of finding answers for a grieving family?