• January 24, 2023

One Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on SH 19 in Anderson County, TX

Anderson County, TX — December 10, 2022, a 56-year-old man was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on State Highway 19 in Anderson County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:50 p.m. on SH 19 near County Road 456. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Toyota Camry north on the roadway when he entered a curve at alleged unsafe speeds. The car went out of control and swerved west through the southbound lane, then exited the road and hit some trees.

The driver was seriously injured in the wreck. Investigators alleged that alcohol consumption may have been a factor.

No further information is currently available.

One thing I often caution about is taking preliminary reports as the gospel truth of a wreck. Police at the scene gather what evidence they can quickly find, connect the dots with some plausible guesses and "gut feelings," then create a narrative based on those. However, what they determine after a once-over at the scene doesn't always match up to the conclusions of a closer, more comprehensive investigation.

Am I saying this can't have been a matter of speeding and/or alcohol as officers alleged? Of course not. I am however saying that until other possible explanations are carefully considered and investigated, there could be more to the story. Things aren't always as simple as they first seem, and anyone hurt in a crash like this deserves to know care and time were taken to learn what really happened. I hope authorities gave the Anderson County victim that kind of assurance.

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