• December 21, 2022

Misty Dorries Killed in Auto Accident on US-385 in Andrews, TX

Andrews, TX — December 19, 2022, 37-year-old Misty Dorries died in a traffic accident on U.S. Highway 385 in Andrews.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:00 p.m. at the intersection of US-385 and County Road 1500. Preliminary investigation suggests Dorries was a passenger in a Buick LeSabre west on CR 1500 when the driver allegedly failed to yield at the highway crossing. As the car passed through the southbound roadway it was hit on its passenger side by a Ford F-150.

Dorries was transported from the scene to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead. Both vehicles' drivers were also taken to area hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Misty Dorries Killed in Auto Accident on US-385 in Andrews, TX

Commentary on Misty Dorries Accident in Andrews

Police believe the Buick's driver failed to yield to thru-traffic before crossing through the highway. I have no particular reason to doubt that, but I also know from long experience that people--police often among them--go straight to blaming human error for incidents like this without pausing to learn if there's any more to the story. A car can run a stop sign for a lot of reasons, not all of which are within the driver's control.

Hazardous roads, vehicle malfunctions or defects, medical emergencies, and many other factors could have influenced events, and it's important all of them receive careful attention. Unfortunately law enforcement doesn't always take the time or care to check all the potential variables, which can be problematic if their reports are incomplete or even wrong. Click below to read more about some of the possible pitfalls of a standard police investigation, and what can be done to avoid them.

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