• November 14, 2022

Gavin Sexton Killed in Crash with Semi-Truck on FM 1788 in Midland County, TX

Midland County, TX — November 9, 2022, 23-year-old Gavin Sexton died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on FM 1788 in Midland County.

Authorities say the incident happened Wednesday along FM 1788 near County Road 145. Preliminary investigation suggests Sexton was driving a Nissan Altima north when he approached standstill traffic. Police believe he failed to control his speed and instead swerved left to avoid the stopped vehicles. After entering the oncoming lane he collided at an offset with a southbound Mack semi-truck. The car then spun off the road into a ditch.

Sexton was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver reportedly received minor injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Gavin Sexton Killed in Midland County, TX Auto Accident on FM 1788

Commentary on Gavin Sexton Accident in Midland County

After crashes like this folks tend to take the few preliminary details the news can provide as the gospel truth of what happened. Over the years, though, I've learned that a serious truck wreck is rarely as straightforward as a few sentences in the news make it may seem. In many cases there are other contributing factors--bad roads, vehicle failures or defects, sudden medical emergencies--that get overlooked as people rush to blame what early investigations suggest was a careless driver.

Unfortunately police reports don't always put those mistaken impressions to rest. Put simply, authorities at the scene sometimes miss crucial details if they're improperly equipped or trained or if they're in a hurry to get somewhere else. That's not meant to insult their hard work, only to say that in many cases it's best to have someone take another look and ensure nothing slips through the cracks. The victim's loved ones deserve to know they have the whole story, and sometimes that requires a closer look from independent experts.

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