Two Killed in Multi-Vehicle Accident on Sam Houston Parkway in Houston, TX
Houston, TX — November 13, 2022, two people including a man changing a tire died in a multi-vehicle accident on Sam Houston Parkway in Houston.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 1:30 a.m. on West Sam Houston Parkway. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was changing a tire on his vehicle in the right emergency lane when a speeding vehicle hit another car in the travel lanes. The struck vehicle then lost control and skidded into the man on the shoulder. Four other cars also hit the impact site during the crash.
The man on the shoulder and the driver that caused the initial impact both reportedly died at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Houston Accident on Sam Houston Parkway
A crash like the one described above can be due to a number of different factors. Many folks will read that one driver hit another while speeding and assume there's little else to know before accusing them of looking at a phone, falling asleep, or even driving while intoxicated. Any or none of those could have played parts, so it's important that investigators take a long hard look to figure out whether they or something else entirely were to blame. Alcohol needs particularly careful attention, since if the driver was intoxicated then a local bar may be responsible for the damage done under dram shop law.
Having said that investigators need to take appropriate time and care here, though, I wonder if they actually have the resources to do so. Little as I like saying it, many departments--even large urban ones like Houston PD--don't always have the time, personnel, training, or equipment to connect all the dots of a complicated wreck like this one. If they rush through their investigation and move on, their eventual report may be full of holes or mistakes. If so that could pose a big problem for the victims' families as they try to make sense of their losses. That's why I often recommend that someone else take a closer look and make sure nothing slipped through the cracks.