• November 30, 2022

Troy Coates, Travonta Williams Killed in Wrong-Way Accident on Bush Turnpike in Rowlett, TX

UPDATE (December 1, 2022): Officials released the names of the two drivers killed in the crash. They were 62-year-old Troy Coates and 24-year-old Travonta Williams. Right now, additional details surrounding the crash remain unclear.

Rowlett, TX -- November 29, 2022, two people were killed following an accident where a wrong-way driver crashed on the Bush Turnpike.

Officials said that the incident happened just after midnight along the President George Bush Turnpike in the area of Lakeview Parkway.

It appears that a Nissan pickup was traveling northbound on the southbound side of the tollway. Doing so, it collided head-on into a Nissan Altima.

Due to the crash, both drivers sustained fatal injuries. Authorities did not identify the drivers. Investigations are ongoing at this time.

Commentary on Troy Coates, Travonta Williams Wrong-Way Accident in Rowlett

With a wrong-way collision at this time of the morning, the immediate concern is going to be that alcohol was involved. There are other possibilities which warrant consideration as well, even if they're unlikely. For all we know, this was all the result of some sort of unforeseeable medical emergency. But even though alcohol is the most likely explanation, it's rarely as straight forward as folks may think.

Troy Coates, Travonta Williams Killed in Wrong-Way Accident in Rowlett, TX

A wrong-way collision is rather difficult to do when you consider this is a limited-access highway that no doubt has plenty of warning signs, not to mention any vehicles the wrong-way driver would have to pass. That's why it often turns out that wrong-way drivers were extremely intoxicated, and that can be the result of a negligent alcohol provider illegally over serving them. Not only would a complicit alcohol provider open themselves up to serious criminal and administrative consequences, they could even be liable for the crash under dram shop law. Is that something authorities are looking into here?

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