Alex Wallace Injured in Auto Accident on Highway 302 in Ector County, TX
Ector County, TX — December 10, 2022, 30-year-old Alex Wallace was seriously injured in a traffic accident on State Highway 302 in Ector County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 11:30 p.m. on TX-302 near West 10th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Wallace was driving a Chevy Silverado pickup south in the northbound lanes of the highway, against traffic, when it crashed head-on with a Ford F-150.
Wallace suffered serious injuries in the collision. The Ford driver reportedly received possible injuries.
No further information is currently available.
It may be tempting to jump to conclusions about an accident where someone was reportedly traveling the wrong direction on the road, but as always I'd advise against being too hasty. A few vague sentences in preliminary reports are rarely all there is to know and give little insight about exactly how or why things went the way they did.
Those ready to say the driver made some kind of mistake like getting distracted or being under the influence should consider how many other things—some out of his control—could have sent him over the center line. What if his pickup malfunctioned or blew a tire? Were the road markings and signage clear in that area? Were the lights in the area working? Those and many other details have to be considered and clarified to make sure the whole story is learned.
All I'm saying is that someone was seriously hurt here, and he deserves the benefit of the doubt and the knowledge that his crash was treated with care and investigated thoroughly. Hopefully investigators are making sure he gets both.