Stephen Smith Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident in Van Zandt County, TX
Van Zandt County, TX -- September 24, 2022, Stephen Smith was killed following an accident where a vehicle crashed off-road.
Information released says that the crash took place at around 5:51 p.m. along FM 1255 near County Road 4123.
It appears that 73-year-old Stephen Smith was in a Chevy Equinox that was traveling along FM 1255. It appears that the vehicle somehow ran off the side of the road where it then crashed into the ditch and a fence.
Smith sustained fatal injuries due to the crash. No one else appeared to be involved. Authorities said they were looking into alcohol as a possible factor.
Commentary on Stephen Smith Car Accident in Van Zandt
Folks tend to see any mention of alcohol and consider the whole situation open-and-shut. I have no reason to deny that alcohol was a factor here, but frankly there's no reason to take that at face value, either. Police sometimes just say that because it's common only for evidence to show alcohol wasn't a factor at all. Could it be this is one of those situations?
Alcohol is always serious to consider, especially if a local business illegally over-served the victims and is liable under dram shop. But what about other possible factors? Road hazards, tire blowouts, medical emergencies, mechanical defects, other drivers that left the scene--common or not, it's important to rule out or confirm these possibilities. Getting a family the full story is the least one can do after someone loses their life. The article below helps to explain why that's so important and why initial reports from authorities aren't always good enough on their own.