James Martin, Samantha Ritter Injured in Crash on FM 1971 in Rusk County, TX
Rusk County, TX — September 6, 2022, James Martin and Samantha Ritter were injured in a single-vehicle accident on FM 1971 in Rusk County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:25 p.m. on FM 1971 near U.S. Highway 84. Preliminary investigation suggests Martin was driving a Chevy C1500 pickup truck south on the roadway when he allegedly failed to maintain his lane. The truck drifted off the west side of the road and he over-corrected, causing the pickup to swerve through the northbound lane and off the east side. It side-skidded down an embankment and landed in a drainage ditch at the bottom.
Martin, 37, suffered serious injuries in the wreck. Passenger Ritter, 26, reportedly received minor injuries.
Investigators suspected driver inattention was a factor in the crash.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on James Martin, Samantha Ritter Accident in Rusk County
Police said inattention was a factor here, but are they sure of that? What if there's more to the story? Plenty of things can cause (or at least contribute to) a single-vehicle accident, so I hope necessary care was taken to make sure the whole truth was learned. Unfortunately the years have taught me that may not be the case if police, with their limited time and competing priorities, are the only ones looking. If there's any doubt or confusion about what happened out there, or the victims don't agree with what officers say (it happens a lot), maybe someone else should take another look and see what other dots can be connected.