2 Teens Killed in Crash with Parked RV on Concord Street in Vidor, TX
Vidor, TX — December 18, 2022, a 15-year-old driver and his teen passenger died in a crash with a parked RV on Concord Street near Vidor.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:55 a.m. on Concord Street, less than a mile south of town. Preliminary investigation suggests the teens were in a Dodge Journey when the driver lost control for unknown reasons. The SUV left the roadway and collided with a nearby parked RV, then caught fire.
The Dodge's driver and 14-year-old passenger were fatally injured in the crash. A woman in the RV was unhurt.
The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Vidor Auto Accident on Concord Street
Crashes involving teen drivers, serious and tragic as they often are, don't always get the careful investigation they deserve. Why? Because many people see them as unfortunate byproducts of inexperienced or reckless young people taking risks behind the wheel, prematurely pinning the blame on the victims due to little more than their age.
It's true that drivers sometimes make mistakes; it's also true that statistically young drivers make many. However, fault can never really be assumed or assigned automatically. What if there's more to the story? Things like tire blowouts and vehicle defects may not be all that common, but they cause wrecks every day and can't be ignored when putting the puzzle together.
Unfortunately, less-common elements are often overlooked during a "by the book" police investigation. Turning a blind eye to those possibilities is a problem if it means someone could be blamed for a wreck that was actually out of their hands. Will someone make sure that doesn't happen in Vidor?