Tonja Palmer Killed in Car Accident in Houston, TX
Harris County, TX — July 31, 2023, Tonja Palmer was killed following a single-vehicle accident at around 6:18 p.m. along the East Freeway service road.
Authorities said in their statements that the accident happened near the intersection of the interstate service road and Maxey Road.
According to most current available information, 58-year-old Tonja Palmer was the driver of a Honda CR-V said to be going westbound along the service road. Somehow, the vehicle lost control, and authorities say the Honda ran off-road and hit a fire hydrant. The vehicle came to a stop in a parking lot.
Palmer reportedly was pronounced deceased following transportation from the scene. There are no additional details regarding the cause of the crash, which concerns me since victims' loved ones aren't always seeing anything more than anyone else in the public. Additionally, if I'm being frank, it seems odd to me that this crash would be fatal. CR-Vs aren't exactly small, and if all the vehicle hit was a fire hydrant, I would expect most modern vehicles to at least prevent fatal injuries.
So what happened here? There could be circumstances authorities left out that would adequately explain all of this. I'm not at all trying to suggest there's more going on here when I don't know anything more about this crash than what authorities have released to the public. But when I see authorities fail to offer a more thorough explanation several months after a deadly crash, I have to wonder if they ever found an explanation at all.