Cody Ripley Killed in Backhoe Accident in Somervell County, TX
Somervell County, TX -- February 10, 2023, Cody Ripley was killed after an accident where his vehicle crashed into a backhoe.
Investigators said that the incident happened at around 7:30 p.m. along US Highway 67 in the area of FM 200.
According to officials, 32-year-old Cody Ripley was in a Chevy Silverado traveling eastbound along the highway. Ahead, a backhoe was also traveling eastbound. Ripley's Silverado somehow crashed into the backhoe, sending both vehicles off-road.
Ripley sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Due to the collision, Ripley sustained fatal injuries. Additional details from authorities cannot be confirmed at this time.
One thing to note is authorities mention that the backhoe involved had its lights on at the time of the collision. But when it's dark out, it's important to be absolutely sure that's true. Not that long ago, I looked into a crash where an 18-wheeler merged in front of someone without their lights on, but they turned them on before authorities arrived. Fortunately, weeks of thorough investigations brought that to light. I don't have reason to suspect that happened here, but I wouldn't consider the details I'm seeing here concrete enough to confidently believe they're telling the whole story. Hopefully the victim's loved ones are getting more information than the public so they can get the answers they deserve.