• December 21, 2022

Jason Hopper Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on FM 573 in Mills County, TX

Mills County, TX — December 14, 2022, 52-year-old Jason Hopper died in a single-vehicle accident on Farm to Market Road 573 in Mills County.

Authorities say the incident happened just before 4:50 p.m. on FM 573 near County Road 126. Preliminary investigation suggests Hopper was driving a Ford F-250 pickup truck south on the roadway when he lost control for unknown reasons. The truck ran off the road into the south drainage ditch, over-corrected back onto the roadway, then once again veered off the road and crashed into a nearby tree.

Hopper, allegedly not wearing a seat belt, was fatally injured in the accident.

No further information is currently available.

With single-vehicle wrecks, I always try to stress the importance of giving drivers—who are often the victims too—the benefit of the doubt. While it's not impossible that some kind of driver mistake was involved here, it's crucial not to assume any such thing and investigate all the possible explanations. Even less-common possibilities (e.g. mechanical defects, medical conditions, road hazards, tire blowouts, other drivers that fled the scene, etc.) warrant careful consideration and investigation.

The bottom line is that a man lost his life here, and I think just about anyone would agree that his loved ones deserve any and every answer they can get about that. Whether the explanation turns out to be simple or highly complicated, addressing that family's questions is of paramount importance. I just hope authorities had some satisfactory answers for them.

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