• December 14, 2022

Samuel Alaniz Killed in Crash with Tanker Truck on SH 105 in Montgomery County, TX

Montgomery County, TX — December 13, 2022, Samuel Alaniz died in a rear-end collision with a tanker truck on State Highway 105 in Montgomery County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:35 a.m. along eastbound SH 105 at the 105 Bypass. Preliminary investigation suggests a semi-truck with an unloaded tanker trailer was stopped for a red light on the highway when Alaniz approached in a passenger vehicle and rear-ended it for unknown reasons.

Alaniz was fatally injured in the collision. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Samuel Alaniz Accident in Montgomery County

After reading news reports about this accident, many may think that--while tragic--the victim seems to have triggered it by hitting the stopped truck. Further investigation might confirm something to that effect, but it's important to remember that preliminary details are subject to change and rarely contain the whole story. For instance, there's no indication yet of exactly why the car hit the truck. Did the victim have a medical emergency that kept him from stopping? Was he awake, alert, and focused on the road? Is it possible he was impaired? Did his car malfunction or have a defect? Did the truck brake or change lanes suddenly ahead of him?

To be clear, I read the same reports as everyone else and I don't have special insider perspective on this terrible incident. I just know from long experience that folks tend to draw conclusions based on incomplete stories in the news, when there could be all kinds of other factors not yet discovered. Will police efforts alone be enough to find the whole story for the people who need it?

Samuel Alaniz Killed in Montgomery County, TX Car Accident on SH 105
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