Loved ones are mourning the untimely death of a young woman who was killed today in a motor vehicle accident in the northwestern part of our county. Law enforcement reports indicate that the driver was just 21 years old.
The woman was involved in a one-vehicle wreck that occurred on Louetta Road, near the intersection of Ella. She was driving east on Louetta in a rent car at about 4:30 in the morning when she veered to her right off of the roadway and crashed into a culvert made of concrete. She was taken by helicopter to a hospital, where she later died.
Investigators think the decedent may have been texting at the time of the incident. In addition, she was not wearing her seat belt; had she been doing so, it may have saved her life.
It appears that this tragedy could have been prevented. Although it has not been determined that this young person was actually texting, the incident warns us of the critical need to avoid distracted driving. Statistics demonstrate the severe safety risk involved in texting while driving. In addition, it also reminds us of the need to wear seatbelts. For decades, research has proven that seatbelts save lives.
Thus, once again we urge drivers to avoid texting while driving, and we also ask that everyone comply with Texas law that requires the use of seatbelts.