• October 07, 2022

Hunter Pendergraft Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on N. Judge Ely Blvd in Abilene, TX

Abilene, TX — October 6, 2022, 27-year-old Hunter Pendergraft was killed in a single-vehicle accident on North Judge Ely Boulevard in Abilene.

Authorities say the incident happened early Thursday morning on the 1000 block of North Judge Ely Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests Pendergraft was driving a Dodge Ram pickup north on the roadway when he lost control for unknown reasons. The pickup crossed through the southbound lanes and hit a brick wall in a nearby business parking lot.

Pendergraft was fatally injured in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Hunter Pendergraft Killed in Abilene, TX Auto Accident on N Judge Ely Blvd

Commentary on Hunter Pendergraft Accident in Abilene

Often when I come across a crash like this, I soon find people speculating about all the ways it "must have been" the driver's fault. Fingers are pointed at speeding, texting, or even impairment, all without even waiting for the investigation to wrap up.

Those folks aren't necessarily wrong that various kinds of operator error must be considered when looking for the crash's cause, but nothing of the sort should be taken for granted. It's important to consider all the possible variables; anything from brief distraction to a serious medical emergency to a major mechanical failure or defect in the vehicle could have been behind this tragic incident, so it's best to keep an open mind and make sure experienced professionals are the ones connecting the dots. Will the right steps be taken here to get the victim's loved ones the answers they deserve?

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