One Killed in Auto Accident on State Highway 62 in Orange County, TX
Orange County, TX — January 23, 2022, a 47-year-old woman died in a traffic accident on State Highway 62 in Orange County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 7:25 a.m. on TX-62 near mile marker 444. Preliminary investigation suggests 22-year-old Antonio McKenzie was driving a Chevy Equinox out of a Flying J truck stop parking lot when investigators say he failed to yield to a northbound Ford F-150 on the roadway. The pickup crashed into the driver's side of the Equinox, causing it to spin out into the southbound lanes.
McKenzie's passenger was critically injured in the crash; she was transported to an area hospital where she died a short time later. McKenzie and the Ford driver reportedly sustained minor injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Orange County Crash on TX-62
Something to keep in mind with crashes like this is that its cause isn't necessarily the only factor to consider. Police have a pretty standard playbook on how to conduct their investigations, which often means they overlook anything that isn't speed, cell phone usage, alcohol, or violations of right-of-way. In the Orange County crash they were pretty quick to cite failure to yield as the main factor, but when they jump straight to a conclusion like that important details may go unnoticed.
I'm not saying that happened after this crash, but part of me wonders if police did a thorough job or just put all their chips on failure to yield right away and then moved on. Making sure all the potential factors are accounted for is one of the reasons independent investigations are often so crucial. Without experienced professionals taking another look, there's no telling what important information could slip through the cracks.