• September 30, 2022

Dee Brown Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-84 in Waco, TX

Waco, TX — September 29, 2022, 65-year-old Dee Morris Brown died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 84 in Waco.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 10:30 a.m. on US-84 near Aviation Parkway. Preliminary investigation suggest Brown was driving a Mini Cooper west on the highway when for unknown reasons the car crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer that was stopped at a red light.

Brown was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Dee Brown Accident in Waco

UPDATE (November 15, 2022): Investigators later added that the victim may have had a medical condition that occasionally made him faint or lose consciousness. They suggested that or possibly driver inattention could have led to the collision.

I'm not in a position to doubt or argue with those, but both still point squarely at the victim as the at-fault party. Before that conclusion is drawn I hope law enforcement will exhaust other possibilities as well to be sure all the wreck's factors are known. I've seen too many cases where authorities learned something might have happened and decided it must have happened. A man lost his life, though, and it's only right that proper care and attention be paid to find out exactly why. His loved ones deserve no less.

Dee Brown Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-84 in Waco, TX

ORIGINAL: Investigators seem to think the victim's vehicle ran into a stopped truck near a traffic light for unknown reasons. I have no specific reason to doubt what they say happened, but clearly the story is incomplete without some kind of explanation.

Some folks may try to jump ahead of investigators and say that if a car hit a stopped truck, then the victim likely made some kind of mistake. Theories about driver distraction or following too closely are often prevalent after these accidents, yet there are other explanations that would mean the crash was entirely out of the driver's hands. Problems with the vehicle like malfunctioning or defective brakes, poor road conditions causing a loss of traction, some kind of medical emergency, or even the truck stopping too suddenly ahead at the light could all have been factors, and until those and other possibilities have been considered it's much to soon to reach any conclusions.

I'm not trying to overcomplicate things, but I think most would agree that when a life is lost this way it's only right to learn the whole and true story of what happened. The victim's loved ones deserve no less. Will authorities take the time and care needed to get them some badly-needed answers, or should independent professionals step in and fill in the blanks that a "by the numbers" police investigation leaves behind?

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