• May 08, 2017

Donna Brewer, Makini Pointer Killed, 5 Hurt in Carson Co., TX, Accident

Carson County, TX -- May 5, 2017, Donna Brewer and Makini Porter were killed, five others were injured, after an accident where their car crashed off-road.

Texas DPS officials were called out to the accident scene about 20 miles east of Amarillo at around 1:30 p.m. Preliminary details indicate that 60-year-old Brewer, 33-year-old Pointer, and five minors, ranging in age from 2 to 15 years old, were riding in a single-vehicle along I-40.

Police investigators state that, for reasons not yet known, the vehicle lost control and went off the side of the road. The driver, who wasn't specified, over-corrected in the process, causing the vehicle to leave the opposite side of the road, crashing into a roadside ditch.

As a result of the accident, five of the seven passengers were ejected from the vehicle. Both Brewer and Pointer died at the scene. Two others required air transport to a nearby hospital while another two were taken via ground ambulance. The seventh person's condition was not specified.

Police say the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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Commentary

It's not often you see these single-vehicle accidents happened in the middle of the afternoon. It's often during the night or during inclement weather. Most people tend to assume an accident like this is the result of speeding, texting, or drunk driving. While these are certainly common causes of single-vehicle accidents, it's not fair to assume they're the case when there are so many possible factors, many of which are not the fault of the driver.

There have been many accidents in the past which were caused by debris in the roadway, mechanical failures or manufacturer defects (e.g. GM's faulty ignition switches), or even tire blowouts. I've even seen accidents where a car was taken to an auto shop for new tires only to have those tires fly off the vehicle mid-drive. These are all factors which often give little to no warning to drivers, leaving them with minimal control over the situation.

The issue with these factors is that they are often very subtle and easily overlooked. While there are police investigators who are experienced at their job, many simply don't have the resources or professional knowledge necessary to catching some of these factors. These kinds of causes are specific enough that it requires the eye of an experienced, independent professional dedicated to investigating traffic accidents of this nature. That way, any and all factors are thoroughly examined before any conclusions are made. That way, there are no doubts or missing pieces. Each factor is either confirmed or ruled out one by one until the truth comes to light.

The main reason this is important is because one of the worst things to see for those affected by an accident like this is people blaming them or their loved one for the accident. It only serves to make a difficult time that much worse. The best approach is simply to reserve judgements, have an independent professional examine the scene, and get to the bottom of what exactly happened. Regardless of what the next steps are after that, just knowing the truth of what occurred can be a welcome relief during a time of hardship.

--Grossman Law Offices

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