Driver Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash on FM 1774 in Grimes County, TX
Grimes County, TX — December 11, 2022, a 39-year-old man was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Farm to Market Road 1774 in Grimes County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:50 p.m. on FM 1774 near County Road 247. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Ford F-150 pickup south on the roadway when he allegedly failed to maintain his lane. The pickup ran off the road into the west ditch, then hit a mailbox. It continued south until it hit a culvert, then flipped and hit a nearby property fence.
The pickup driver was seriously injured in the crash. Authorities believed alcohol may have been a factor and noted they would subpoena the victim's hospital records as part of a DWI investigation.
No further information is currently available.
People often regard police reports as the final word on an accident, but while they can provide a general understanding of events they rarely dig deep enough to explain how or why things went that way.
That actually comes up a lot after single-vehicle accidents, as much like the public authorities can be a little too quick to put everything on the driver. Sometimes further investigation determines that person made a mistake, but others it finds there's more to the story. A lot of things can send a vehicle off the road—some within the driver's control, others very much not—and all those possible factors need careful attention to make sure nothing important is missed.
I'm not saying I know something police don't about what happened here. I just know from long experience that things aren't always as simple as a few preliminary sentences make them sound. A man was seriously injured in Grimes County and that's more than enough reason to find out everything possible about his accident. I hope that's exactly what authorities did.