Heather Scott Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on FM 787 in Liberty County, TX
Liberty County, TX — September 27, 2022, 52-year-old Heather Scott died in a single-vehicle accident on Farm to Market Road 787 in Liberty County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 7:00 p.m. on FM 787, roughly five miles east of Rye. Preliminary investigation suggests Scott was driving a Jeep Wrangler west on the road when she lost control for unknown reasons. The Jeep ran off the road to the north, then sharply over-corrected and overturned on its side. It rolled one more times before coming to rest.
Scott, allegedly not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected in the rollover and was fatally injured.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Heather Scott Accident in Liberty County
Over the years I've learned the people tend to take single-vehicle accidents as matters where the driver most likely did something wrong that caused them to crash. While it may be true that operator errors account for a great many of these crashes, it's still not right to take anything of the sort for granted. Only careful and thorough police investigation could say whether anything else--poor road or weather conditions, vehicle malfunctions or defects, tire blowouts, or even another vehicle that ran the victim off the road and left the scene--might have been involved.
Things don't necessarily have to be more complicated than they seem at the outset, but time and again I have cautioned people not to take the few details of a preliminary report as the whole story or the gospel truth of the matter. Someone still needs to take a much closer look in case there's more to the story; will police do that, or should an independent investigator step in to ensure all the blanks are filled?