• September 26, 2022

Child Dies in Auto Accident on TX-121, Joshua Hagger Arrested in Bedford

UPDATE (September 27, 2022): Bedford officials identified the driver who allegedly caused this accident as 36-year-old Joshua Hagger.

Bedford, TX — September 24, 2022, a 2-year-old child died in a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 121 in Bedford.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:30 p.m. on northbound TX-121 near Cheek Sparger Road, between Bedford and Colleyville. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a pickup truck crashed into the rear passenger side of a sedan for unknown reasons on the highway. The truck driver was reportedly arrested after the crash, but police didn't say on what charges.

A toddler strapped into a car seat in the sedan suffered fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Fatal Auto Accident on TX-121 in Bedford

Reports don't have much information yet about what really happened here, but some may see that a driver was arrested and pin everything on something that person did without much further thought.

Charges certainly suggest the truck driver may be to blame for the collision, but considering they weren't specified and reports are so thin on facts it's still best not to think everything is wrapped up. A full investigation will cover the basics like texting and driving or impairment (which is actually not all that basic), but will also account for considerably more complex possibilities like a manufacturing defect in the truck causing it to hit the other.

Child Dies in Crash on SH 121, Joshua Hagger Arrested in Bedford, TX

I'm not out here trying to complicate things or invent ways the truck driver shouldn't have been arrested, but I think most can agree that the story as it's told so far is extremely light on important details. Unfortunately I've learned over the years that a "by the numbers" police investigation may not actually find crucial information needed to ensure everyone responsible for a child's death is held accountable. If there's any doubt or confusion about the events in Bedford, maybe independent experts should step in and try to fill in more blanks.

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