George McGinnis Injured in Car Accident on Stassney Ln in Austin, TX
Austin, TX — February 17, 2022, 55-year-old George McGinnis was injured in a three-vehicle accident on Stassney Lane in Travis County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 8:25 a.m. on West Stassney at Emerald Forest Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests McGinnis was driving a Buick Encore north near a Freightliner van when both stopped at the Stassney/Emerald Forest intersection. Their light reportedly turned green and they started northward when an eastbound Chevrolet Impala ran its light and crashed into the front of the Freightliner. It then continued forward and hit the driver's side of the Buick.
McGinnis suffered serious injuries in the wreck. One person in the Impala received minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.
When interviewed, the Impala driver told officers he couldn't see his light had changed due to sun glare into his vehicle.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on George McGinnis Accident in Austin
Police seem to have identified the basics of the crash, including its cause--the eastbound car running its red light, whatever the reason, and hitting the other vehicles. However, people don't always realize the cause of the crash and the proximate cause of a victim's injuries aren't always the same. That's why it's important to investigate all the details of the crash carefully instead of assuming everything's wrapped up with the identification of fault.
Investigators still have to look above and beyond the basics of a crash at its possible extenuating factors. For instance, if the Buick was hit on its driver's side did its side-curtain airbags deploy correctly? Did the victim's seat belt lock up appropriately? People would be stunned by how often a vehicle's safety measures don't work during a collision, making a bad situation much worse.
I'm not saying anything like that happened here, but I think a careful investigation is in order to be sure the whole story is uncovered. If police already have a narrative they like, though, I'm concerned they'll just close the books and move on. Incomplete reports can be a major obstacle for victims in search of answers or help, so would another look by experienced professionals help connect any remaining dots here?