• September 28, 2022

Laquavia Thomas, Child Killed in Multi-Vehicle Crash on I-59 in Tuscaloosa, AL

Tuscaloosa, AL — September 26, 2022, 22-year-old Laquavia Thomas and a child in her vehicle died in a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 59 in Tuscaloosa County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 4:00 p.m. on I-59 near mile marker 68. Preliminary investigation suggests Thomas was driving a Kia Forte in the area when she somehow collided with a Kenworth tractor-trailer. After the impact the Kia crashed with a nearby Honda CR-V, which in turn crashed with a Cadillac Escalade.

Thomas and a 3-year-old child in the Kia died at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is available at this time.

Laquavia Thomas, Child Killed in Multi-Vehicle Crash on I-59 in Tuscaloosa, AL

Commentary on Laquavia Thomas Accident in Tuscaloosa

Just about any crash can be chaotic, but the chances of that increase considerably when several vehicles--particularly commercial ones--are involved. I hope law enforcement is up to the task of figuring out not only what happened, but exactly who or what is responsible for this tragic incident.

I don't mean to insult the hard (and often thankless) work police do. People may just not realize that traffic investigations don't always get much of a local department's limited resources. Because of that many crash scenes, even complex ones, are quickly examined before a "best guess" is recorded and the file is closed.

Unless someone looks again for clearer answers, that guess essentially becomes the final word on the matter even if critical details might have been overlooked or evidence was lost. That can create serious problems when victims and families seek help afterward, which is why I often recommend that independent experts take another look and see if any further blanks can be filled in.

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