Sambria Canty Killed in Wrong-Way Accident on I-35 in Troy, TX
Troy, TX — October 15, 2022, 31-year-old Sambria Canty died in a wrong-way multiple-vehicle accident on Interstate 35 in Troy.
Authorities say the incident happened around 4:30 a.m. along I-35. Preliminary investigation suggests Canty was driving a Chevy Cruze north in the highway's southbound lanes, against traffic, when she collided with a GMC van. Right after that crash a Kenworth tractor-trailer hit Canty's disabled car. A Toyota Tacoma pickup then hit the Chevy one more time.
Canty was transported to a Temple hospital where she died of her injuries on October 17. No other serious injuries were reported.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Sambria Canty Accident in Troy
I've noticed over the years that people are often quick to offer theories about why a crash like this happened. Most of those theories involve a wrong-way driver making some kind of mistake to get into the oncoming lanes, whether it's losing control at high speeds, watching a phone instead of the road, or (depending on how cynical someone feels) being impaired.
Any of those, combinations of them, or none at all could have been factors in Troy. Rather than leap to any hasty conclusions, it's important to ensure that a careful and thorough investigation is conducted and the story is told only by conclusive facts. Tempting as it may be to quickly look for an easy explanation or a "bad guy," many wrecks are far more complicated than they first appear--especially considering that this turned into a complex pileup where many other factors might have been involved.
The woman killed in this crash deserves the benefit of the doubt, the same as anyone else, while the dots continue to be connected. If police don't have the time or inclination to weigh all the possibilities, maybe someone else should handle the investigation and see it done right.