Robert Clifton Injured in Auto Accident on Ben White Boulevard in Austin, TX
Austin, TX — May 26, 2022, 61-year-old Robert Clifton and his passenger were seriously injured in an auto accident on Ben White Boulevard in Austin.
Authorities say the incident happened around 8:35 p.m. on East Ben White (SH 71) near Montopolis Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests a Hyundai Elantra was westbound in the far left lane of Ben White when it approached Clifton's Ford F-250 pickup.
The Hyundai driver told investigators the pickup was fully stopped and its taillights weren't on so he couldn't see it until it was too late to avoid it. The Elantra crashed into the back of the Ford, then ran off the north side of the road.
Clifton and his 63-year-old passenger were seriously injured in the crash. The Hyundai driver reportedly received possible injuries.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Robert Clifton Accident in Austin
It stands out to me that the victims' vehicle was stopped in the roadway, allegedly with its lights off, at the time of the crash. That's not a situation most people would put themselves in on purpose, so what happened? Was the truck disabled? If so, how? Were its taillights just off, or did they not work? What were the victims doing in the truck at the time of the collision? Is that area illuminated at night? Was the Hyundai driver awake, alert, and focused on the road? To sum up: What gives? Finding the answer to that might take investigations above and beyond police efforts to really work out, but the people affected by the crash deserve the whole story.