Child Injured, Malik Sheppard Arrested after Car Accident on Broadway in Galveston, TX
Galveston, TX — December 26, 2022, a child was seriously injured in a six-vehicle accident at 53rd and Broadway in Galveston.
Authorities say the incident happened around 10:30 a.m. at 53rd Street and Broadway. Preliminary investigation suggests 22-year-old Malik Sheppard was allegedly driving a Kia vehicle at high speeds and running red lights along Broadway before he ultimately crashed into five other vehicles at 53rd Street.
An unidentified minor involved in the wreck was critically injured and was transported to an area hospital. Two other people were also hospitalized for treatment of unknown injuries.
Sheppard was arrested on a potential charge of aggravated assault.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
The news seems to portray this accident mostly as a matter of reckless driving. I wouldn't argue with that description considering the alleged high-speeds and light-running, but I also wonder if that's really all there is to the story. What compelled the driver to do that? There's quite a few possible reasons--simple carelessness, running very late to something, making poor choices due to intoxication, etc--and it's important to find out what reason (if any) the suspect had for his actions.
Some may not see a reason to figure that as long as he's caught and punished for the damage he caused, but his motives are an important detail to figure out during a full investigation. If he just made some bad choices on Broadway that'd be on him, but if anyone or anything else had a hand in what happened they should be held accountable too. Only time and more careful investigation could say; will police make sure the people affected get the whole truth?