• December 06, 2022

James Nash, Carole Martin Killed in Auto Accident on SH 21 near North Zulch, TX

North Zulch, TX — December 5, 2022, 81-year-old James Nash and 76-year-old Carole Martin died in a traffic accident on State Highway 21 in Madison County.

Authorities say the incident happened Monday along Highway 21 between FM 2865 and Highway 39 near North Zulch. Preliminary investigation suggests Nash was driving a Nissan Frontier east on the highway behind a Freightliner 18-wheeler. He reportedly tried to pass the big rig in a no-passing zone; while in the westbound lane the Nissan crashed head-on with Martin's Buick Enclave SUV.

Nash and Martin were both fatally injured in the collision. The truck driver was unhurt.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on James Nash, Carole Martin Accident on TX-21

I have no particular reason to doubt how police said things went here, but if years in this field have taught me anything it's that preliminary reports should always be taken with a grain or two of salt. What if there's more to the story? Did investigators check other possible factors--road quality, blocked sightlines, missing signage, vehicle malfunctions, medical emergencies? If not, do they plan to?

I'm not saying the accident has to be more complex than early reports make it sound, but people would be stunned to learn how many times crucial details slip through the cracks during a "by the book" investigation. At the very least the people who lost loved ones in that collision deserve to know they got the whole story derived through diligence and careful effort; I hope authorities were able to provide that when all was said and done.

James Nash, Carole Martin Killed in Auto Accident on SH 21 near North Zulch, TX
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