Rashad Jones Killed in ATV Accident on CR 381 in Freestone County, TX
Freestone County, TX — September 29, 2022, 24-year-old Rashad Jones died in an ATV accident on County Road 381 in Freestone County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:30 a.m. on CR 381 near CR 340. Preliminary investigation suggests Jones was riding a Kawasaki KRT800 side-by-side ATV north on the roadway at alleged unsafe speeds. Investigators believe he failed to negotiate a curve and the ATV ran off the road, then crashed into a tree.
Jones was partially ejected in the crash and suffered fatal injuries. Investigators suspect alcohol was a factor in the accident but that was not confirmed.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Rashad Jones Accident in Freestone County
Police think the driver may have lost control due to excessive speed and possibly alcohol consumption. I have no particular reason to doubt or dispute that, but I can't help but wonder if there's really more to the story. A by-the-numbers police effort won't always account for all the possible contributing factors of a wreck.
For instance, it's worth noting that there have been many ATV recalls over the last few years related to all kinds of part failures, from the throttle sticking to steering column breakage to numerous types of fuel- and fire-related problems. That's certainly not to point accusatory fingers at Kawasaki here, but I think most would agree that an ATV that didn't slow down isn't the same as one that couldn't. It would likely be best to double-check nothing went wrong with the vehicle, if for no other reason than to rule a potential factor out.
To be clear, I don't know more than reports tell. Maybe the crash really happened due to speeding and/or alcohol, or maybe it was actually out of the victim's hands. At the end of the day, only clear facts should have the final word. That's why getting as many of them as possible should always be a top priority. If police are satisfied they "cracked the case" here, maybe someone else should take another look in case there's more to say.