Donna Makowski, Albert Hernandez Jr. Killed in Car Accident in Waco, TX
Waco, TX -- March 12, 2022, Donna Makowski and Albert Hernandez Jr. were killed due to an accident where a vehicle hit them following a prior crash.
Investigators reported that the accident took place at around 7:22 p.m. at the Twin Bridges along Highway 6.
According to reports, an initial crash occurred in which a Chevy Impala crashed into the back of a Kia. Those drivers then got out of their vehicles onto the roadway. While there, a passing Ford F-250 hit the people outside the vehicles.
The victims killed as a result of the accident were identified as 68-year-old Donna Makowski and 31-year-old Albert Hernandez Jr. It's unclear if anyone else was hurt. Police say the Ford driver stopped at the scene. Records show a .18 BAC test for Hernandez following the crash. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Donna Makowski, Albert Hernandez Jr. Car Accident in Waco
It's tragic to see details like this, and while it was still light out around the time reports say this accident happened, it's possible that visibility was not at its best. However, that may not be an excuse for what happened. Ultimately, investigators need to look into whether or not all of this was reasonably avoidable.
If evidence shows that a driver traveling at appropriate speeds and paying attention to the roadway would have had no issues avoiding the people in the road, the pickup driver failing to avoid them would be a serious red flag. Otherwise, if the pickup driver had no reasonable way to avoid the victims, then perhaps the investigations would need to focus solely on whatever led to the initial collision that caused them to stop in the first place. Considering more recent reports showing alcohol as a possible factor, that could be very complex. It may lead to investigations into a local bar if they illegally over-served someone and contributed to this crash, making them liable under dram shop law for contributing to the victims' deaths. Is that something authorities ever bothered looking into?
That may not sound like something authorities would have trouble with, and perhaps authorities here are taking the necessary steps to get the victims' loved ones some much needed answers. However, it often comes to light that authorities don't give fatal accidents like this the attention they need, which is why seeking out independent investigations is often a prudent step forward. It's possible that will prove true here, as well.