Dennie Ward Killed in Car Accident on US-90 ALT in Colorado County, TX
Colorado County, TX — September 23, 2022, 73-year-old Dennie Ward died in an auto accident on U.S. Highway 90 Alternate in Colorado County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:00 p.m. on US-90 Alt near mile marker 626. Preliminary investigation suggests Ward was driving a Chevy Corvette east on the highway as a Chevy Silverado pickup was towing a trailer west nearby on the other side.
The vehicles entered a curve in the road and Ward allegedly failed to maintain his lane, crossing left of center. The Corvette sideswiped the pickup, causing it to run off the north side of the road. As it veered northward the Corvette hit its trailer and went airborne, then landed in the middle of the westbound road. Ward was ejected on landing and the Corvette ran off the south side of the road, then caught fire.
Ward was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Dennie Ward Accident in Colorado County
Police seem to have some theories about how the victim lost control, including alcohol's potential involvement, but I hope they don't neglect other possibilities. A comprehensive investigation won't ignore the possibility that the wreck was beyond the victim's control.
For instance, what if the Corvette had some kind of mechanical problem or defect that sent it off-course? Those aren't particularly common compared to something like a driver mistake, but with that said they still happen in all kinds of vehicles every day. That's why they and other potential factors like poor road conditions or the driver having a medical emergency must also be considered.
Unfortunately police have a pretty clear playbook and seldom deviate from it to look for more complicated or unusual factors. Because of that important details sometimes slip through the cracks. If the victim is blamed for drinking or speeding but in fact did neither, clearly that's a big problem.
That's why it's often best to have experienced independent professionals take another look. Sometimes their findings agree with police, but at the very least the victim's family will know that no stone was left unturned.