Eamonn Casey Killed in Auto Accident on FM 969 in Bastrop County, TX
Bastrop County, TX — December 14, 2022, 36-year-old Eamonn Casey died in a traffic accident on Farm to Market Road 969 in Bastrop County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 7:40 p.m. on FM 969 near Capps Lane. Preliminary investigation suggests Casey was driving a Volkswagen Golf south on the roadway as a Ford Edge was northbound, followed at a short distance by a Dodge Ram.
Investigators allege that Casey started to pass in a no-passing zone and crossed over the road's center line. The approaching Ford driver swerved to avoid the VW but the vehicles made contact, causing the Golf to spin and then crash a second time with the Dodge truck.
Casey was fatally injured in the crash. The occupants of the Ford and the Dodge sustained possible injuries.
No further information is currently available.
After just about any kind of auto accident I find myself urgently cautioning against jumping to any conclusions or treating a few vague sentences in the news as all there is to know. For instance, preliminary reports give a rough sketch of what happened on FM 969, but they couldn't give clear insights about how or why things went that way. Suspicions of unsafe passing and possible alcohol consumption were mentioned, but did authorities look for more details or other possible factors? What about low visibility on a dark and unlit road? Was there appropriate signage warning of the curve? Was the center line clearly marked and visible at night? Was the victim's vehicle in good repair? Did it blow a tire? If evidence confirms alcohol use, where was it consumed?
As always, it's crucial to learn—and prove—the whole story. Only clear facts and evidence can really do that, and the victim's loved ones deserve real answers about their loss. I hope when all is said and done that authorities provide those answers and bring some closure to those who need it.