• February 07, 2023

Two Injured in Car Accident on I-2 Frontage Road in McAllen, TX

McAllen, TX — June 4, 2022, a 23-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl were injured in a traffic accident on the Interstate 2 frontage road in McAllen.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:20 p.m. on the I-2 frontage road near South Main Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Cadillac sedan was facing north at the exit from La Plaza mall when the 16-year-old driver started to travel forward through the lanes of the frontage road. Investigators allege she failed to yield the right-of-way to an eastbound Lincoln Continental, which struck the Cadillac's rear-left quarter in the roadway.

The Cadillac's front passenger was seriously injured in the crash. The teen driver reportedly received minor injuries and the Lincoln's occupants were unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

People may see the preliminary details of this accident and think there's little else to say, but as always I'd stress the importance of looking closer and being sure what happened is fully understood. For instance, if police got their facts straight then I'm a little puzzled about how the passenger—on the far side of the collision and allegedly shielded by multiple airbag deployments—ended up the worst injured of the bunch.

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad things weren't worse for the other participants. In my experience, though, when the person farthest away from the proverbial "action" is hurt worse than those closer to the impact point that may mean something else went wrong. Did the Cadillac distribute the impact's force appropriately? If the airbags inflated, did they do so fully and quickly enough? Reports say the passenger was also wearing a seat belt; did it catch her appropriately during the collision? They also say the driver was buckled up and yet somehow was ejected—how did that happen?

I'm not saying things have to be more complicated than they seem in reports, but in my mind there are still some lingering questions here. Whether or not the public gets those answered I'd say those involved in the wreck certainly deserve the whole story, so I hope authorities made sure they got it.

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