• January 20, 2023

Caitlyn Reyna Killed, Lanndon Smith Injured in Car Accident in Victoria, TX

UPDATE (January 23, 2023): Recent reports indicate that Caitlyn Reyna succumbed to the injuries she sustained in the crash. The incident is still under investigation.

Victoria, TX -- January 19, 2023, Lanndon Smith and Caitlyn Reyna were injured after an accident where their vehicles crashed head-on.

Authorities gave initial details about the crash which apparently occurred at around 4:20 p.m. along Moody Street near Tristan Street. In their reports, officials said that 39-year-old Lanndon Smith was in a northbound vehicle while 21-year-old Caitlyn Reyna was in a southbound vehicle. They believe Reyna's vehicle crossed the center line, resulting in a head-on collision.

Caitlyn Reyna Killed, Lanndon Smith Injured in Car Accident in Victoria, TX

Both Reyna and Smith were taken to area hospitals due to their injuries. No one else was said to be injured. Beyond that, there isn't any information available about the crash, though folks may not feel the need to know more. After all, the news says one of the drivers crossed into oncoming traffic. What more is there to know? Well, that's exactly why investigations are so important.

For just about every crash that someone thinks is open-and-shut or straight forward, I've had someone come to me with a similar crash where authorities missed something important or unusual. The reality is car accidents can be very complex, and investigating them means looking into more than just what seems most obvious.

Were there mechanical issues? A medical emergency? Distraction? A tire blowout? Road hazards? Another reckless driver that left the scene? Did the drivers' airbags and seatbelts function properly? Did their vehicles handle the impact according to modern safety standards? Even if something seems unlikely, I'm sure folks would appreciate having clear answers if they or a loved one were in a similar situation. As such, I don't see why this crash wouldn't receive an equal amount of prudence.


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