• October 18, 2022

2-year-old Dies In Auto Accident on Southwest Parkway in Wichita Falls, TX

Wichita Falls, TX — October 14, 2022, an adult and two children were injured, one fatally, in an auto accident on Southwest Parkway in Wichita Falls.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:30 a.m. along the 2600 block of the parkway near Elmwood Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests a Dodge Caravan minivan was stopped on the eastbound roadway due to a mechanical problem. A GMC Denali approached it from behind in the road and crashed into it for unknown reasons; the impact pushed the van into a nearby telephone pole.

The van's three occupants, a 25-year-old woman and her two children ages 5 and 2, were transported to area hospitals. The 2-year-old was airlifted to a Fort Worth hospital where they succumbed to their injuries. The Denali driver was unhurt.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Wichita Falls Crash on Southwest Pkwy

Reports about this terrible accident say the driver who hit the minivan couldn't see it on the road. The crash happened shortly before sunrise, so limited visibility could indeed have been an issue; however, looking at the area of Southwest Parkway and Elmwood shows a straight stretch of road with no visual obstructions and at least a few streetlights, coupled with lights from nearby businesses.

I'm not saying the story in the news is wrong or even questionable necessarily, but I think most would agree that given the tragic damage caused in the collision it's important to understand its full and accurate context. With that in mind I hope police plan to look more closely and ensure all its details are learned. That means considering the striking driver's speed, whether they were awake, alert, and paying attention to the road, where they were before they drove through that area, what exactly disabled the minivan in the travel lane, visibility and light conditions in that area at night, and many other specifics that so far don't seem to be addressed.

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No matter what the answers reveal it doesn't change that this is a terrible incident, and my heart truly goes out to the victims and their family. I just believe it's important in matters like this to at least be sure the whole and true story is known. Sometimes all that grants is answers important for closure and moving on, but others it shows that someone specific should be held accountable for the damage done. Will police take the needed time and care to find that out?

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