• February 09, 2023

Samantha Belcher Injured in Car Accident on Broadway Ave in Gladewater, TX

Gladewater, TX — September 3, 2022, 33-year-old Samantha Belcher was seriously injured in a car accident on Broadway Avenue in Gregg County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:00 p.m. on East Broadway near Money Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Mazda 3 was traveling west on Broadway in the outside lane as Belcher drove a Nissan Sentra east on the other side nearby. Investigators allege she started to make a left turn toward a business on the north side of the road but failed to yield; the Mazda then crashed into the passenger side of the Nissan.

Belcher suffered serious injuries in the collision. The Mazda driver received possible injuries.

No further information is currently available.

I don't have any particular reason to argue with how police said things happened in this accident; I wasn't there and read the same reports as anyone else. However, I am a little puzzled about the injuries that followed the collision. If investigators got things straight it looks like the victim's car had multiple airbag deployments and the westbound car had none, yet somehow in all this the one whose airbags went off ended up with "incapacitating" injuries.

To be very clear, I'm relieved the other driver wasn't hurt worse. It just confuses me a little that a fastened safety belt and a bunch of airbags weren't enough to rescue someone from a side-impact crash—on the side away from her. Did everything go the way it was supposed to during those critical moments? Did the seat belt tighten properly? Did the airbags inflate fully and quickly enough? Did the Nissan's frame correctly distribute the impact's force?

I'm not trying to complicate things, but when I see a situation like this I can't help but wonder if there was more to the story than officers at the scene accounted for. Hopefully before all was said and done someone took a closer look and found out; at the very least the victim deserves the whole story.

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