Gary Brewer Killed in Crossover Accident on SH 188 in Aransas County, TX
Aransas County, TX — October 21, 2022, 62-year-old Gary Brewer died in a collision with a dump truck on State Highway 188 in Aransas County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 9:35 a.m. on TX-188. Preliminary investigation suggests Brewer was headed west on the roadway when he may have lost control for unknown reasons. His Dodge Ram crossed over the center line and then collided head-on with an eastbound dump truck. After the impact the pickup rebounded off the road; the dump truck lost an axle, skidded, and overturned.
Brewer was pronounced dead at the scene. The dump truck driver reportedly received minor injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Gary Brewer Accident in Aransas County
It's important to keep an open mind and investigate carefully after any crash, as things may not be as straightforward as they seem. Even with something like an alleged crossover wreck where one driver entering the other's lane may seem like the obvious cause, steps should be taken to ensure all the specifics are clear.
For example, I handled a similar accident not long ago in which a victim was faulted for crossing left of center and crashing with a big rig. Our experts looked again on the victim's behalf, though, and found police actually made a mistake: The truck driver actually drifted left of center first after falling asleep at the wheel. The victim crossed over to avoid the big rig but the truck driver woke up and corrected course at the same time. Police just found the crashed vehicles in the truck's lane and assumed the victim was to blame.
I'm not suggesting the same thing happened in South Dakota, only pointing out that preliminary findings aren't always as ironclad as folks may believe. If they're treated as the whole story that could mean crucial details slip will through the cracks, which is never a good thing for victims and families in search of answers or help. Having experienced independent investigators look into things could be a crucial step in getting them both.