• January 27, 2022

Woman Killed, 2 Injured in 18-wheeler Hit-and-run Accident on I-20 in Kaufman County, TX

Kaufman County, TX -- December 31, 2021, a woman was killed and two people were injured due to an accident involving an 18-wheeler that left the scene.

Preliminary investigations reported that the crash took place at around 12:55 a.m. along I-20 in the area of FM 2965.

Officials said that three people were in a Honda Civic traveling eastbound along the interstate. An 18-wheeler reportedly made an unsafe lane change and hit the Honda, forcing it off-road and into a guardrail. The 18-wheeler reportedly then left the scene.

As a result of the collision, a 20-year-old woman in the Honda succumbed to fatal injuries. Another passenger had incapacitating injuries while the driver was possibly injured. Police have yet to identify the truck driver involved.

Commentary on 18-wheeler Hit-and-run Accident on I-20 in Kaufman County

Hit-and-runs on their own are infuriating enough. One involving someone operating a 40 ton commercial truck only makes the situation that much more dire. Not only do the victims and families deserve to see the driver brought to answer for their role in the crash, but the public also deserves some peace of mind knowing a truck driver capable of this is off the road. Folks tend to assume that these situations are hopeless, but that's just not true. Even months after a crash, someone can connect the dots and come forward to help resolve the situation.

I myself handled a case where that happened. A family came to us after their loved one died in a crash caused by an 18-wheeler. The 18-wheeler fled the scene, and authorities simply couldn't find the evidence they needed to identify the driver. We continued putting the details out into the public, and a couple eventually contacted us saying they witnessed the crash.

Kaufman County, TX 18-wheeler Hit-and-run Accident I-20 fm 2965

It turns out they saw the crash, followed the truck, wrote down its company information and license plate, then only broke off pursuit because the truck driver actually saw them and tried to run them off the road. They went to the police with this information, but somehow officers lost track of their information, and no one ever followed up. Thanks to their valiant efforts, a truck driver would answer for the devastation their actions caused.

It's possible that similar efforts could yield similar results. If someone out there recognizes the details, the area the crash happened, when it happened, or perhaps seeing a damaged truck around that time and place, someone may still come forward and do what's right. Investigators can then work to find out what caused the crash and who's responsible. Maybe the authorities are still working on this terrible accident, but perhaps independent efforts would also help move things forward.

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