Sherry Delcogliano Struck, Killed by 18-Wheeler at Wal-Mart off North Fwy in Houston, TX
UPDATE (January 11, 2021): The victim of this accident has been identified as 53-year-old Sherry Delcogliano.
Houston, TX -- November 24, 2021, a 53-year-old woman was struck and killed by a commercial truck while sitting on the ground in a Wal-Mart parking lot off the North Freeway in Houston.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:45 p.m. on the 4400 block of the North Freeway near East Crosstimbers. Reports indicate the victim, believed to be a homeless woman, was sitting "in a meditative position" in the parking lot when a Ford E-Series truck approached. The driver was allegedly unable to see the woman seated on the ground in front of the truck and struck her. The truck's rear tire then ran her over.
The woman suffered fatal injuries in the accident and reportedly died in the ambulance en route to a hospital.
The truck driver and his young son remained at the scene after the collision. Authorities planned to perform toxicological tests as part of the investigation.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Sherry Delcogliano Accident at Wal-Mart of North Fwy in Houston
It seems like further careful investigation is needed to truly make sense of what happened here. On the one hand it's clearly dangerous to sit, meditatively or not, in a busy store parking lot. On the other, there may be some lingering questions about whether the driver that hit the victim was committing his full attention before hitting her. Police quoted for news articles added a short finger-wagging speech about how everyone must watch their surroundings, particularly during a busy holiday season.
To be clear, I'm not pointing fingers one way or the other about this accident. Someone's life ended because of it, however, and that seems like more than enough reason to investigate it as thoroughly as possible. At the very least her loved ones deserve as many answers as can be provided, but if some of those answers reveal a measure of professional negligence was involved then it may be that the truck driver and his employer should face some further accountability for the events in Houston. Only time and careful investigation could say for certain.