Randall Hicks Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on Galm Rd in Helotes, TX
Helotes, TX — January 3, 2023, 48-year-old Randall Hicks was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Galm Road in Bexar County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:30 a.m. on the 12600 block of Galm near Old FM 1560. Preliminary investigation suggests Hicks was driving a Nissan Titan northwest on the roadway when he allegedly lost control in a curve. The pickup hit a concrete wall, then rebounded through the road into the median and overturned.
Hicks suffered serious injuries in the crash. Police alleged that alcohol consumption may have been a factor.
No further information is currently available.
I've done this far too long not to take preliminary reports with a grain or two of salt. Police and the public are often quick to conclude that a single-vehicle accident was the driver's fault somehow, but I've lost count of how many of those wrecks were actually out of the victim's hands. Even if some factors are more common than others, that doesn't mean they can be taken for granted. A vehicle can go off-course for a lot of reasons; some of those are within a driver's control while others definitely aren't.
From medical emergencies to tire blowouts to mechanical defects to road hazards, every explanation deserves due attention and no conclusions should be reached before they get it. If people decide there's nothing else to know after a once-over at the scene important information might slip through the cracks; that's bad enough after any crash, but it's even worse for anyone trying to pick up the pieces as everyone around them thinks they did something wrong.
That's why it's always best to investigate carefully, find clear evidence, and make sure that's what tells the story. Until that can happen, it's important to keep an open mind.