Edith Marie Blanton Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Hunt County, TX
Hunt County, TX -- January 10, 2023, Edith Marie Blanton was injured due to an accident where an 18-wheeler struck Blanton's vehicle.
Preliminary details indicate that 87-year-old Edith Marie Blanton was the driver of a Nissan Rogue traveling along Highway 224 at around 8:30 a.m. At the intersection of FM 118, investigators say she attempted a left turn. While doing so, a southbound 18-wheeler crashed into her vehicle.
Blanton sustained injuries in the crash described as incapacitating. No other injuries were mentioned. Beyond that, there isn't much information available about this crash. Something I discuss a lot on this blog is how every serious truck wreck is worth considering closely. They can involve all kinds of complex factors a driver couldn't possibly avoid, and even police investigations on their own aren't always enough to catch those factors.
However, I can't help worrying that the age of the victim could lead people to jump to conclusions. The same can be true for teenage drivers, though for different reasons. Some people see those ages and just immediately assume the victim made a mistake. Is that possible? Of course, but I'm sure readers would agree they'd be infuriated seeing someone say such things about their kid or their grandparent. Age can be a factor in these crashes, but it's only one of many worth considering. The concern is whether or not authorities here were prudent enough to let the evidence speak for itself.