• October 20, 2022

Ricky Daniel, Thelbert Thompson Killed in Car Accident on TX-64 in Van Zandt County

Van Zandt County, TX — October 19, 2022, Ricky Daniel and Thelbert Thompson died in an alleged crossover collision on State Highway 64 near Canton.

Authorities say the incident happened just after noon along TX-64 just outside of town. Preliminary investigation suggests Daniel, 42, was headed west on the highway when he may have lost control for unknown reasons. His vehicle reportedly crossed the center line and crashed head-on into an eastbound vehicle driven by Thompson, 89.

Daniel was pronounced dead at the scene. Thompson was taken to a Canton hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Ricky Daniel, Thelbert Thompson Accident near Conroe

Police seem to think one driver crossed left of center and triggered this collision, but even if they have that part right there's no real insight about why that happened. Some may quickly decide to blame a driver mistake like speeding or cell phone use, but without more information it's better not to make guesses that way. What if the crossover driver hit a bad patch of road and lost traction? Did he blow a tire? Did his vehicle malfunction somehow? Did he have to swerve to avoid someone cutting him off?

Those possibilities and others must be carefully considered to make sure the whole story is known. Until a full and thorough investigation is complete--if not by police (who sometimes wrap up and miss important details) then by independent experts--the best thing to do is withhold judgment and wait for all the facts. In the meantime, focus should be on how best to help the people who have just experienced a devastating loss.

Ricky Daniel, Thelbert Thompson Killed in Van Zandt County Accident on TX-64
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