• November 29, 2022

Child Dies, Four Adults Injured in Crash on Beltway 8 Feeder in Missouri City, TX

Missouri City, TX — November 16, 2022, an 8-year-old child and four adults were injured in a three-vehicle crash on the Beltway 8 feeder road in Missouri City.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:40 p.m. on the 9900 block of the Beltway 8 (South Houston Tollway) feeder road. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a major crash involving three vehicles occurred in the area, but investigators released no further details about the wreck's cause or circumstances.

A woman and an 8-year-old boy were airlifted from the scene to area hospitals; three other people were transported by ambulance. The boy reportedly died of his injuries on Friday, November 18.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.

Kadryth Howard Dies, Four Adults Injured in Crash on Beltway 8 Feeder in Missouri City, TX

Commentary on Three-Vehicle Accident off Beltway 8 in Missouri City

Even the basics of what happened here don't seem to be understood yet (how did the three vehicles collide? Who was responsible?), but given the accident's tragic aftermath and a family's terrible loss it seems only right for a careful and thorough investigation to follow. It's only right to provide people in the middle of unimaginable loss whatever small comfort clear answers might provide for them. Unfortunately, getting those answers may be more challenging than one would think.

Folks tend to believe crash investigations are straightforward, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Ensuring the real and true story is discovered takes patience, proper forensic training, and the right equipment, and sadly police in many jurisdictions lake some combination of those. Their reports are more often than not "educated guesses" based on whatever obvious details they find at the scene, but in many instances important information slips through the cracks. Clearly that can be an enormous problem for victims and families looking for information or help afterward.

I don't mean to pick a fight with law enforcement, and maybe they'll diligently uncover the whole story in Missouri City. Experience just tells me that competing priorities and a lack of resources sometimes force them to stop short of a comprehensive investigation. It's important that people know more about those issues and what can be done to overcome them.

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