• October 27, 2022

Gretchen Houser Killed, Zachary Hooks Injured in Crash on FM 119 in Moore County, TX

Moore County, TX — October 26, 2022, 48-year-old Gretchen Houser died and 36-year-old Zachary Hooks was injured in a crash on FM 119 near Sunray.

Authorities say the incident happened around 10:05 a.m. along FM 119, around five miles east of town. Preliminary investigation suggests Houser was driving a Toyota Venza north on the roadway as Hooks was southbound in a Chevy Silverado.

The Toyota reportedly crossed left of center for unknown reasons. Hooks swerved across in an effort to avoid it but Houser mirrored the maneuver and the two collided head-on in the northbound lane.

Houser was pronounced dead at the scene. Hooks suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to an Amarillo hospital.

The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.

Gretchen Houser Killed, Zachary Hooks Injured in Moore County, TX Auto Accident

Commentary on Gretchen Houser, Zachary Hooks Accident

After a tragic accident like this I often find myself wondering whether investigators will keep an open mind and consider all its potential factors. Some may conclude the crossover driver simply made a costly mistake and that's that, but what if there's more to the story?

For instance: Was the driver in good health? Did her car lose traction? If so, how? Was the road wet or covered in debris or gravel? Were the Toyota's tires in good shape, with plenty of tread? Did one blow out? Could something else have malfunctioned or been defective in the vehicle? Did both vehicles' safety measures work correctly during the crash?

I'm not trying to overcomplicate things, just pointing out that many accidents are more complex than they may seem at first. Unfortunately police sometimes just look for a simple explanation and miss crucial details, which is why it's often best to have independent experts with the time, training, and tools look again and sure all the blanks are filled in. Will that happen here?

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