Harvey Slaughter Injured in Auto Accident on FM 2247 in Comanche County, TX
Comanche County, TX — January 1, 2023, 40-year-old Harvey Slaughter was seriously injured in a crash with a commercial truck on FM 2247 in Comanche County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:40 p.m. on FM 2247 near County Road 162. Preliminary investigation suggests a GMC C2500 pickup truck was towing a trailer south on the roadway as Slaughter was driving a Ford Mustang north nearby on the other side. Investigators believe the pickup hit some small bumps in the road and its trailer detached, then veered into the northbound lane. It made contact with the Mustang, causing the car to swerve off the road into the east bar ditch.
Slaughter received serious injuries in the crash. A passenger in the Mustang and the GMC driver were reportedly unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Investigators said the pickup's trailer wasn't properly hitched to the vehicle and had no safety chains. If that's accurate it's small wonder how the trailer managed to pop loose on bumpy terrain, but it also raises some troubling questions about why those measures weren't taken before the truck ever hit the road.
I won't presume to speculate here about that, but whatever the supposed reason the result was a car wreck and a man's serious injuries—which frankly appear to be no fault of his own. I'd say he deserves some answers about how he was hurt that day, and depending on what those answers are there may be questions of accountability to address as well. Let's just hope authorities take the time and care needed to connect all the dots.