Passing on a two-lane road is a risky activity. You have to put yourself temporarily into oncoming traffic to pass. It must be done with care. In today’s case from the Houston Chronicle, care wasn’t taken and lives were lost.
Last week in Waller on Waller-Tomball Road, a vehicle tried to pass two others on the two-lane road. The driver was unable to pass in time before a car coming from the other direction crashed into her head-on. The second car spun out into the other lane where it was hit by a third vehicle.
The driver of the second car died at the scene. The woman who started it and the two children in the car with her were taken to the hospital. The children were critically injured but are expected to survive. The people in the third car were unharmed.
Police believe that the driver who started all this may have been on prescription medication that made it unsafe for her to drive. Toxicology reports are pending. If the reports show she was driving on medication she shouldn’t have, she could be charged with intoxication manslaughter.
Passing one car is dangerous enough. Passing two at once is even worse. Most people won’t risk it, but if medication was involved it could have impaired the driver’s judgment.
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