Troy Patterson Jr. Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident in Edwards County, TX
Edwards County, TX -- February 12, 2023, Troy Patterson Jr. was killed following an accident where his vehicle crashed off-road.
Investigators said that the incident took place overnight, but they did not learn about the crash until around 10:30 a.m. It happened in the area of County Road 376 and RM 335.
31-year-old Troy Patterson was said to be the driver of a Ford F-150 traveling northwest along CR 376. For reasons yet to be determined, the vehicle went off the right side of the road where it then overturned into the Nueces River. Patterson reportedly was found deceased.
Single-vehicle wrecks are almost always especially complex when there aren't witnesses available to shed light on what happened. A crash not found until hours later is only going to present more significant challenges. These challenges aren't insurmountable for experienced and dedicated investigators, of course, but my concern is some people will jump to all kinds of conclusions as those investigations continue.
For some reason, people feel like they need to fill in the blanks after deadly wrecks like this even when they don't know anything more about the accident than anyone else in the public. But I learned a long time ago that it's best to wait for all the facts. There could there be something unusual involved here like a mechanical issue, for example, but speculating also does nothing to help the victim's loved ones who are in need of answers.
That's why I often comment on crashes like this. People who feel the need to speculate can consider doing two very important things. One: take a look at the article below and learn about just how complex crashes like this can be. Two (perhaps most importantly): Consider the family involved here before going around making conclusions without clear evidence.