Charlotte Smith Depue Killed in 18-wheeler Accident in Bowie County, TX
Bowie County, TX -- February 16, 2023, Charlotte Smith Depue was killed following an accident involving an 18-wheeler.
Investigators said that the incident happened at around 4:45 p.m. along Highway 8 near mile marker 206.
Officials say that 83-year-old Charlotte Smith Depue was in a Kia Sportage traveling southbound on the highway. Depue apparently stopped along the roadway to check a mailbox. After doing so, the vehicle turned back onto the highway where a southbound 18-wheeler crashed into Depue's vehicle.
Depue sustained fatal injuries as a result of the accident. The truck driver's condition wasn't specified. Right now, no further information is available.
There are countless possible factors authorities will need to be able to handle in a crash like this one. What was visibility like? Did the victim use their signal? How fast was the truck going? Are there independent witnesses? Was this incident reasonably avoidable, and if so, how? Did anything such as faulty airbags or seatbelts contribute to the crash?
One of the least responsible things one could do with preliminary details like these is assume they know what happened. Without a proper accident reconstruction, it's unlikely the public will see the full picture following a deadly truck wreck. The concern right now is if steps have been taken beyond what these initial statements say to ensure the victim's loved ones are getting the answers they deserve.