• December 08, 2022

Madison Harris and Sisters Killed in Rollover Accident on RM 1319 near Borger, TX

Borger, TX — December 7, 2022, 18-year-old Madison Harris and her two teen sisters were killed in a rollover accident on RM 1319 in Hutchinson County.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 7:20 p.m. along RM 1319, two miles outside of Borger. Preliminary investigation suggests Madison Harris was driving a Jeep Wrangler north on the roadway when she entered a curve at alleged unsafe speeds. The Jeep overturned and rolled multiple times as it left the road, then came to rest in a nearby field.

Harris and her two sisters, ages 16 and 14, were pronounced dead at the scene.

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

Madison Harris Killed in Rollover Accident on RM 1319 near Borger, TX

Commentary on Madison Harris Accident near Borger

Crashes involving teen drivers, serious and tragic as they often are, don't always get the careful investigation they deserve. Why? Because many people regard them mostly as unfortunate byproducts of inexperienced or potentially-reckless young people taking risks behind the wheel, prematurely pinning the blame on the drivers without waiting for the facts to come in.

It's true that any driver can make a mistake; it's also true that statistically young drivers make many of them. Police seem to be leaning that direction by mentioning unsafe speeds, but I wonder if they really considered where there's more to the story. People would be stunned to learn how many important details slip through the cracks during a conventional police once-over, as unusual possibilities are often overlooked as officers focus on common factors.

Turning a blind eye to other possibilities is a problem if it means someone gets blamed for a wreck that was actually out of their hands. Will police invest appropriate time and care to ensure the victims' loved ones get the whole story, or will that take another look by someone else?

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