• October 25, 2022

Hailee Verret Killed in 18-wheeler Accident in Erath County, TX

Erath County, TX -- October 23, 2022, Hailee Verret was killed after an accident where a car collided with a tractor-trailer.

Investigators said that the incident happened at around 9:40 p.m. along US Highway 281, a few miles north of Stephenville.

Authorities said that 18-year-old Hailee Verret was in a Nissan, and authorities say they believe that Verret was traveling the wrong direction on southbound US 281. While doing so, the vehicle crashed with an oncoming tractor-trailer.

Due to the collision, Verret sustained fatal injuries. No one else was hurt. Factors surrounding the crash remain under investigation.

Commentary Hailee Verret 18-wheeler Accident in Erath County

My primary concern with reports like these is that people tend to take the early details at face value. Police say they believe a teen driver was on the wrong side of the road when they hit an 18-wheeler. Evidence could show that to be true. If it was, though, it would be a bit unusual. This isn't a divided road like an interstate, so it seems like authorities may have left out some details. As minor as they may seem, they could shed a lot of light on this terrible event.

Beyond that, however, it's also possible the evidence will show police got the facts wrong, and there's more to this story. That's why having independent investigators look into serious truck wrecks like this is so crucial.

Hailee Verret Killed in 18-wheeler Accident in Erath County, TX

Let me give an example. Not long ago, I had a family come to me about a crash where a person reportedly went into oncoming lanes and hit a semi. The family just wanted to be sure they were getting all the facts. As it turned out, the facts they were getting weren't even accurate.

Our investigations revealed that it was actually the semi which drifted over the center line. The victim swerved left to avoid it, but the truck then veered back into its original lane. There, the vehicles collided. The investigating officer was simply inexperienced, ill-equipped, and had other things to do, so they just went with their gut based on where the vehicles ended up.

Now, I'm not saying that happened here. But that was far from the first or last time further investigations proved there was more to the story than what the public sees in the news. A young woman lost her life here. Doesn't her family deserve to know they're getting the full story?

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