Ashton Moore Killed in Car Accident off SH 99 in Montgomery County, TX
Montgomery County, TX — November 1, 2022, 19-year-old Ashton Moore died in a car accident on the State Highway 99 service road in Montgomery County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:15 a.m. along the TX-99 service road. Preliminary investigation suggests Moore was driving a Ford Mustang west on the roadway when he may have lost control for unknown reasons. The car exited its lane and crashed into a guardrail, ejecting Moore onto the road. A nearby FedEx truck was unable to stop or steer clear of him and struck him in the travel lanes.
Moore was pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Ashton Moore Accident in Montgomery County
Crashes involving young adult drivers, serious and terrible as they often are, don't always get the careful investigation they deserve. Why? Because some tend to write them off as being caused by inexperienced or reckless young people taking risks, prematurely deciding where blame goes without waiting for all the facts.
It's true that statistically young drivers make more than their share of mistakes at the wheel, but that certainly shouldn't be taken for granted. It's important to find out if there's more to the story--things like tire blowouts, slick roads, and vehicle failures may not be all that common, but they can't be overlooked when putting the puzzle together.
Unfortunately, those elements don't always get sufficient attention if law enforcement looks only for common or simple explanations. Turning a blind eye to other possibilities is a problem if it means someone gets blamed for a wreck that was actually out of their hands. Will police invest appropriate time and care to ensure the victim's loved ones get the whole truth?