Daniel Kelley Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident in San Jacinto County, TX
San Jacinto County, TX -- February 6, 2023, Daniel Kelley was injured due to an accident where a vehicle crashed off the side of the road.
Authorities said that the crash took place along FM 945 off JJ Lane at around 7:00 p.m. Details suggest that 30-year-old Daniel Kelley was in a GMC Sierra traveling westbound along the roadway. For reasons currently unconfirmed, the pickup ran off the right side of the road where it hit the guardrail, then caught fire.
Kelley was said to have had incapacitating injuries due to the crash. No one else was involved. While the cause of the crash can't be confirmed, a certain detail did stand out to me which warrants attention.
Authorities said that the guardrail ended up going through the engine block, then further through the driver's side door. While I can't say what all happened in this specific situation, guardrails impaling vehicles is often a big red flag. Guardrails are generally supposed to lessen the severity of crashes like this. If the railing is piercing into the cab where the passengers are, that's not really that safe.
For that reason, guardrails are supposed to be designed such that they absorb impact while also deforming away from the cab so as not to impale anyone. When a guardrail does go through a vehicle, it could be due to improper construction or design. Did that happened here? Perhaps the collision was such that a guardrail could reasonably go through the vehicle even without any kind of defect. But I learned a long time ago that one can't be too careful looking into those sorts of possibilities.