Chance Spoon, Teen Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash on Circle Drive in Jasper County, TX
Jasper County, TX — December 24, 2022, 21-year-old Chance Spoon and a 17-year-old were injured in a single-vehicle crash on Circle Drive in Jasper County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:00 p.m. on Circle Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests the 17-year-old was driving a pickup truck east, allegedly at high speeds, when the truck left the road in a curve and hit a tree.
The pickup's driver and passenger Chance Spoon were transported to a Jasper hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Crashes involving teen drivers 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 Jasper County?