Judith Kiely Killed, John Brooks Injured in Car Accident in Bastrop County, TX
Bastrop County, TX -- January 26, 2023, Judith Kiely was killed and John Brooks was injured in an accident where their vehicles collided.
Authorities said that the incident happened at around 1:14 a.m. along FM 969 near Lazy River Lane.
Investigators said that 41-year-old Judith Kiely was in a Chevy Equinox going westbound along FM 969. While rounding a curve, it appears an oncoming pickup driven by 26-year-old John Drake Brooks crashed head-on into Kiely's Chevy.
Due to the crash, Kiely sustained fatal injuries. Brooks had incapacitating injuries. Right now, the exact factors surrounding the crash remain unclear. That's not all that unusual with such a serious crash, but this long into the investigations, a lack of information can raise some serious concerns.
The more serious a collision, the more challenging it is to investigate—plain and simple. The more challenging things get, the more burden it puts on authorities to investigate things. Without the right tools, training, or enough time to look into the evidence, important details can easily slip through the cracks. As competent as officers may be, they don't always have access to those resources, and that's why I've seen so many victims and families weeks or months after a crash still in the dark about what exactly happened. My hope is authorities here are able to dedicate more effort to getting answers so those involved get the answers they deserve.