• October 19, 2022

Officer Steve Nothem, Phillip Parker Killed in Crash on Bush Turnpike in Carrollton, TX

Carrollton, TX — October 18, 2022, Carrollton police officer Steve Nothem and 82-year-old Phillip Parker died in a crash on the President George Bush Turnpike.

Authorities say the incident happened around 10:30 p.m. on the 1900 block of the turnpike near Josey Lane. Preliminary investigation suggests Officer Nothem was in his squad car assisting another officer with a DWI investigation when the patrol unit was hit by another vehicle.

The driver who hit Nothem's car, 82-year-old Phillip Parker, died at the scene. Nothem was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Steve Nothem, Phillip Parker Accident in Carrollton

Police are still trying to figure out exactly how and why this tragic incident occurred. Based on the limited information in the news some folks may have their own theories as well; commonly after a late-night wreck fingers are quickly pointed at driver mistakes like speeding, getting distracted or falling asleep at the wheel, and--perhaps most cynically--intoxication.

Each of those possible explanations and many others must receive careful attention to find the truth, as it's important to get answers for the people who urgently need them. Hopefully authorities are hard at work doing just that, and in the meantime it's best not to jump to conclusions and instead focus on how best to help the victims' loved ones.

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