• March 24, 2022

Bernardo Trejo Killed by 18-Wheeler on Loop 494 in Houston, TX

UPDATE (May 18, 2022): The victim of this accident has been identified as 26-year-old Bernardo Trejo.

Houston, TX -- March 23, 2022, a 26-year-old bicyclist was killed in an early-morning collision with a tractor-trailer on Loop 494 in Houston.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:55 a.m. in the area of 21700 Loop 494 near Hamblen Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the cyclist, reportedly wearing no reflective gear and riding in a dark part of the road, was hit by a northbound Kenworth construction truck. Reports say the truck driver braked and tried to steer away but hit the cyclist in the road. The driver remained at the scene and called the police.

The victim suffered fatal injuries in the collision.

No charges are expected. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Bernardo Trejo Accident on Loop 494 in Houston

Reports suggest there wasn't much the truck driver could have done. They reportedly tried to stop and steer away once the cyclist became visible but were unable to avoid him. If that's really the case then it's small wonder police didn't feel charges were in order.

If for no other reason than being thorough, though, I think it's still important to address some lingering questions. Reports say that stretch of road is very dark; why are there no lights installed there if it really gets pitch black at night? Were the big rig's headlights on? What about its highbeams? Was the truck driver's full attention on the road in the moments leading up to the crash? Realistically, could or should a driver have noticed the bicycle and its rider? Even if the rider wasn't wearing reflective gear, a bicycle almost by default has reflectors on the pedals and/or a small reflector or two attached to its frame; were any of those present on the bike?

I'm not trying to find a way to blame the truck driver for this tragic incident. There's every chance that reports have their facs straight and this collision was truly unavoidable. I'm only urging investigators to be absolutely certain of the story before closing the books. A man lost his life, and that deserves the utmost care when learning how it happened. At the very least, his loved ones deserve to know that no stone was left unturned in pursuit of the whole truth.

Bernardo Trejo Killed by 18-Wheeler on Loop 494 in Houston, TX

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