• October 25, 2022

Barbara Allen Killed in Traffic Accident on US-80 in Harrison County, TX

Harrison County, TX — October 15, 2022, 65-year-old Barbara Allen died when another vehicle hit her motorcycle on U.S. Highway 80 in Harrison County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:15 p.m. along US-80 near FM 968. Preliminary investigation suggests 22-year-old Raymond DeSantos was driving a Toyota 4Runner west on the highway when he attempted to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone. When the Toyota re-entered the westbound lane it struck the back of Allen's Can-Am Ryker 3-wheeled motorcycle.

Allen suffered fatal injuries in the collision. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Barbara Allen Accident in Harrison County

If preliminary reports have their facts straight this may just be a matter of a poorly-timed passing maneuver with a tragic aftermath. The driver who attempted to pass seems to be facing serious charges for the damage he dealt on the road, and with that many may feel there's little else to say.

In a sense that may be true, but it's also important to be sure the whole context of the accident is accounted for. Did the driver truly just make a bad tactical decision at the wheel, or is there more to the story? Was the driver's full attention on the road? Was he in a normal frame of mind? Is it possible he was impaired somehow? Did signage and lane markings make it very clear that he was in a no-passing zone, or might there have been some confusion? Was anything wrong with his vehicle that made him swerve out of the lane?

Barbara Allen Killed in Harrison County, TX Traffic Accident on US-80

Contrary to how some of that may sound, I'm not trying to overcomplicate things or invent excuses for the alleged suspect. Maybe things really are as they seem in this instance; I've just done this long enough to question preliminary reports almost by default. Too often they overlook or omit crucial data that could influence or even change how a crash is seen--and what its consequences might be. Are police absolutely certain of how things occurred in Harrison County, or should someone look again on behalf of the victim's family to make sure everything adds up?

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