Julius Bohannon Killed in Car Accident in Harris County, TX
Harris County, TX — July 11, 2023, Julius Bohannon was killed as the result of a car accident at around 9:00 p.m. on Garth Road.
Preliminary information about the accident provided by authorities indicates that it happened in the area of Garth Road and Harbor Mist.
According to officials, 67-year-old Julius Bohannon was in a Ford F-150 which was reportedly along the center turn lane facing northbound. What follows is unclear due to inconsistent public statements from the authorities.
While it's said Bohannon attempted to make a right turn across northbound lanes and was hit by a Ford Escape, it's also said that he turned left and was hit on the rear-left panel of the F-150 (which would actually be the rear-right panel if he was making a right turn). These details have yet to be clarified. Statements say that Bohannon died days following the collision. The other driver apparently did not have injuries.
I understand that authorities can make mistakes when writing up their reports. Maybe the details I'm seeing are just a poor representation of more thorough investigations that weren't made public. But a serious concern I have looking at these details is why this was a fatal crash. Could it be authorities missed something unusual?
There could be a reasonable explanation authorities simply didn't include. But based on the public details on this crash that are reported (rather poorly) from the authorities, a man had fatal injuries after a crash which, as described, doesn't look like a crash I would expect to be fatal. The victim was in the larger vehicle, and regardless of which side the impact was on, the collision was relatively far from the driver's seat. Details suggest Mr. Bohannon had his seatbelt on and that his airbags went off. This raises serious concerns that there could possibly have been an issue with a safety feature that failed to protect the driver as intended.
To be clear, defects aren't all that common, and I certainly would not be surprised if there was a lot more to this story that simply wasn't released to the public which could give a perfectly adequate explanation of these events. Finding or ruling that out, though, would require a thorough examination of the vehicle and its safety features. If I'm not even confident in the authorities' ability to tell right from left, how much could they be trusted to handle something as complex as a possible mechanical defect?