• December 28, 2022

Duncan Pierson, Jayten Blue Killed, Xenia Qualls Injured in Auto Accident on US-80 near Elmo, TX

UPDATE (January 4, 2022): The drivers killed in this crash have been identified as 38-year-old Duncan Pierson and 20-year-old wrong-way driver Jayten Blue. The seriously-injured passenger in Pierson's vehicle was also identified as 31-year-old Xenia Qualls.

Kaufman County, TX — December 23, 2022, two people died and another was critically injured in a wrong-way accident on U.S. Highway 80 near Elmo in Kaufman County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 11:30 p.m. on US-80 near County Road 354. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford Mustang was traveling west in the left eastbound lane of the highway, against traffic, when it crashed at an offset with an oncoming Honda Accord. After the impact the cars spun away in opposite directions and came to rest.

Both vehicles' drivers died in the collision. A passenger from the Honda was airlifted to an area hospital for treatment of critical injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Duncan Pierson, Jayten Blue Killed, Xenia Qualls Injured in Auto Accident near Elmo, TX

Investigators mentioned a belief that alcohol consumption may have played a part here, but looking into impairment is often part of a standard "by the book" approach to a fatal crash investigation. It's unclear whether they found any specific evidence beyond that, but if the blood specimens they collected for testing come back with positive results then that could have further implications about who should be held responsible.

With that said, however, saying alcohol might have been a factor is a far cry from confirming it. There are a lot of reasons a car might cross over into the oncoming lane; some--like intoxication or inattention--would be within a driver's control, but many others--blown tire, medical emergency, vehicle malfunction or defect, wet roads--are much less so. Rather than just assuming a crash is a product of human error, it's always important to investigate carefully and with an open mind to be sure the whole story is learned. The surviving victim and those drivers' families deserve no less.

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