Man Killed in Accident While Repairing Car on Tomball Pkwy in Houston, TX
Houston, TX -- December 18, 2022, a man was killed after a car accident on Tomball Parkway where a vehicle hit his stalled car.
Initial details given by Houston and Harris County officials say the incident happened near Willowbrook in the area of Tomball Parkway/TX-249 and Greens Road.
It appears that a man was in a sedan traveling along the highway when the vehicle broke down. The driver got out of the vehicle and was by the front of the vehicle. While there, an SUV crashed into the disabled car, hitting the man, as well.
The man outside his vehicle died due to the crash. The SUV driver was said to be in stable condition. Police mentioned how lighting was poor in the area, and they also said they were investigating if the SUV driver was intoxicated. No details have been confirmed at this time.
Commentary on Fatal Car Accident on Tomball Parkway in Houston
It may stand out to folks that police mentioned testing a driver for alcohol. That could lead people to think they suspect it was a factor. Frankly, it wouldn't surprise me if it was a factor, considering the time of the crash and the problem Harris County has with drunk driving. Not only could that result in serious consequences for that driver, but it could even there's a local bar on the hook for illegally over-serving them.
On the other hand, it also wouldn't surprise me if authorities simply brought that up because it's standard procedure. They also mentioned poor lighting in the area, and that alone could be a sign police are looking into all kinds of possible contributing factors. At the end of the day, that's the better approach to ensuring nothing important slips through the cracks. If the disabled vehicle was visible and avoidable, it's important to find out what led to the surviving driver being unable to avoid it. Whether or not authorities will be able to get answers before they're pulled to other responsibilities remains to be seen.