• January 23, 2023

Keith Wright Killed in Rollover Accident on CR 180 near Wellington, TX

Wellington, TX — January 20, 2023, 57-year-old Keith Wright died in a single-vehicle accident on County Road 180 in Collingsworth County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:00 a.m. on CR 180 a few miles south of Wellington. Preliminary investigation suggests Wright was driving a Toyota 4Runner south on the road when he may have lost control for unknown reasons. The SUV skidded into the west ditch and overturned, then rolled multiple times.

Wright, allegedly not wearing a seat belt, was ejected and suffered fatal injuries.

No further information is currently available.

I've lost count of how many times over the years I've seen single-vehicle accidents that weren't the driver's fault, yet in many of those cases I saw the public (and sometimes even investigators) quickly jump to conclusions about the person at the wheel being to blame.

Some of that may just come from statistics, but just because some explanations are more common doesn't mean they can ever be taken for granted. A great many factors could be involved in an accident like the one near Wellington—and in the injuries that followed, as the causes for the two aren't always the same. That's why it's crucial to investigate carefully and be sure that facts, not assumptions, fill in the blanks.

Keith Wright Killed in Rollover Accident on CR 180 near Wellington, TX

For instance, I noticed the press reported the driver may not have been wearing a seat belt. Whenever I see an accident involved a rollover, I wonder exactly how certain everyone is that the seat belt wasn't in use. Frankly it's not that uncommon for someone to slip out of one or disengage its buckle by accident during the chaos of a rollover, but that idea rarely gets much attention from investigators.

I'm not trying to overcomplicate things or suggest I know something reports don't say. I'm only pointing out that the right thing to do so soon after a crash is to keep an open mind and conduct a full investigation that accounts for factors both common and uncommon. Hopefully authorities will take the time and care needed to get the whole story; the people who lost a loved on in Collingsworth County deserve no less.

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