• October 14, 2022

Trezanay Dykes, Alize Lopez Killed in Wrong-Way Crash on US-79 near Hearne, TX

Hearne, TX — October 12, 2022, Trezanay Dykes and Alize Lopez died in a crash with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 79 in Robertson County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:00 a.m. on US-79 near FM 1644 outside Hearne. Preliminary investigation suggests Dykes was driving a Hyundai Sonata on the wrong side of the road for unknown reasons when the car collided head-on with a Peterbilt 18-wheeler. After the impact the truck ran off the road, overturned, and caught fire.

Dykes and Lopez, a passenger in the Hyundai, suffered fatal injuries in the wreck. The truck driver was taken to an area hospital and treated for possible injuries.

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

Commentary on Trezanay Dykes, Alize Lopez Accident near Hearne

Reports only say that the victims in this accident were supposedly traveling the wrong way at the time. Even if they're correct about that, it's important to keep an open mind and investigate all the possible explanations for why that might have happened. Most would agree it's never a good thing to drive against traffic, but learning the specific reason for that is crucial. Things aren't always as straightforward as a few sentences in the news makes them sound.

Trezanay Dykes, Alize Lopez Killed in Car Accident on US-79 near Hearne, TX

For example, I handled a similar accident not long ago in which a victim was thought to have crossed over a road's center line before fatally crashing with a big rig. Our independent experts looked again at his family's request, though, and found police actually made a mistake. The victim wasn't the first to cross over, as the truck driver initially drifted left of center. The victim swerved left to avoid it but the truck driver corrected course at the same time, causing the vehicles to crash.

I'm not suggesting the same thing happened in Robertson County. My point is just that authorities aren't always as thorough as folks may think, which can lead to important details slipping through the cracks. Making sure the right people look into this accident could be a crucial step in getting real answers for the people who urgently need them.

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