Lucy Geishaker Killed in Car Accident on Atkinson Drive in Lufkin, TX
Lufkin, TX — September 22, 2022, 74-year-old Lucy Geishaker died in a two-vehicle collision on Atkinson Drive in Lufkin.
Authorities say the incident happened Thursday afternoon along Atkinson at North Timberland Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Geishaker was a passenger in a Saturn sedan driven by 40-year-old Hunter Lackey. The Saturn was traveling west on Atkinson when Lackey allegedly ran a red light at Timberlane; Lackey later told investigators his brakes didn't work. The Saturn crashed with a northbound Kia Sorento in the crossroads.
Geishaker suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The Kia driver was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Lackey was unhurt and received citations from investigators.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Lucy Geishaker Accident in Lufkin
When reports suggest that brake failure contributed to a crash, it's important to take that seriously and consider all the ways that might have happened.
One explanation is that the brakes didn't really fail and the driver just wanted to blame something else for his mistake. I'm not saying that's what happened in Lufkin, just pointing out that "bad brakes" are sometimes a scapegoat rather than a true problem.
If they really did fail, that could be because they were simply worn out and overdue for replacement. That's generally the vehicle owner's responsibility, and since it's avoidable with proper maintenance that could mean the owner would be responsible for the damage done.
The third possibility is less likely but quite troubling: If the brakes were in good shape and used properly but failed anyway, they might have been defective. If so, their manufacturer may be liable for the accident since their faulty product failed to stop the pickup at the intersection. That kind of thing is pretty rare, but at the same time vehicles are recalled all the time for bad parts. As I write this there are several active recalls for separating tires, brake line ruptures, and spontaneous fires, so bad brakes would fit right in.
Because there are many possibilities to evaluate it's important that someone with the right expertise to tell the difference gets involved. Police don't always have the training or gear to make those distinctions, so it may be best for independent experts to have a look. At the very least the victim's loved ones deserve to know they're getting every available answer. Anything beyond that would depend on what the answers turn out to be.