Car Hits Tree on South Gessner Road, One Killed in Houston, TX
Houston, TX — December 23, 2022, a man was fatally injured after his car hit a tree on South Gessner Road in southwest Houston.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before a.m. on the 7000 block of South Gessner near Bellaire Boulevard. The cause and circumstances of the wreck aren't clear yet, but investigators believe the car may have been speeding before the driver lost control and hit the nearby tree.
The driver died in the wreck. It's unknown if anyone else was in the car.
The investigation continues, but police said weather isn't thought to be a factor.
No further information is currently available.
People have an unfortunate tendency to quickly blame single-vehicle accidents on the driver. It's true that many times an operator error is behind such tragic crashes, and police seem to be leaning that direction if the news is right that they suspect speeding was a factor. However, it's crucial to learn whether there's more to the story. There's often more than meets the eye.
Unfortunately, extenuating or unusual circumstances often get overlooked by police investigators. If they're already convinced speeding was the key factor this terrible incident, they may not look much further and many possible explanations might not get attention. I wrote more about some of the things a single-vehicle crash investigation should ideally cover, available through the link below.