Shannon La Ponsa Killed in Truck Accident on Chandler Rd in Williamson County, TX
Williamson County, TX — November 6, 2022, 50-year-old Shannon La Ponsa died in a collision with a commercial truck on Chandler Road in Williamson County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:30 a.m. on Chandler near Farm to Market Road 1660. Preliminary investigation suggests La Ponsa was driving a Nissan Sentra east on the roadway as a Freightliner semi-truck with a tanker trailer was westbound nearby.
According to reports the Nissan crossed left of center into the oncoming lane for unknown reasons. Moments later it collided with the big rig. After the impact the car spun off the roadway to the south as the truck veered off the north roadside.
La Ponsa was fatally injured in the crash. The truck driver was reportedly unhurt.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Shannon La Ponsa Accident in Williamson County
It's important to keep an open mind and investigate carefully after any accident. Even with something like an alleged crossover wreck where the cause may seem obvious, steps should be taken to learn whether that's really the whole story.
For example, I handled a similar accident not long ago in which a victim was faulted for crossing left of center and crashing with a big rig. Our experts looked again at his family's request, though, and found police actually made a mistake: The truck driver actually drifted left of center first after falling asleep at the wheel. The victim crossed over to avoid the big rig but the truck driver woke up and corrected course at the same time. Police just found the crashed vehicles in the truck's lane and assumed the victim was to blame.
I'm not saying that happened on Chandler Road, but even if police are 100% sure who crossed over there's still the question of why. What made him go left of center? Was he distracted by something, or maybe fall asleep? Did something unusual happen, like a medical emergency or a vehicle malfunction? Was the road wet or hazardous? Could any other extenuating factors have influenced what happened?
I don't want to overcomplicate things or speculate, just to point out some possibilities that may not have been considered and should be. Things are rarely as straightforward as they first seem, and commercial truck accidents are certainly no exception. That's why even after police wrap up I often suggest that independent experts take a second look and make sure nothing slipped through the cracks. At the very least, a grieving family deserves to know they have the whole story.