Joseph Sollowin III Injured in Truck Accident on TX-73 in Jefferson County
UPDATE (May 9, 2022): A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted truck driver Timothy Brady on a charge of accident involving injury or death in relation to the crash that injured Joseph Sollowin.
Jefferson County, TX -- March 4, 2022, 68-year-old Joseph Sollowin III was injured in a crash with a commercial truck on State Highway 73 in Jefferson County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:45 p.m. on TX-73 near mile marker 774. Preliminary investigation suggests a Volvo semi-truck with no trailer was traveling east on the highway in the inside lane. Nearby, Sollowin was driving a Mitsubishi Mirage east in the outside lane.
Reports suggest the truck driver changed lanes when unsafe, causing the truck to hit the sedan. After the initial impact the Mitsubishi spun 90 degrees to the left and was broadsided by the truck in a second impact. The car then slid into the center median where it stopped. According to reports the truck continued eastward without stopping, but the driver was later identified and arrested for failure to stop and render aid.
Joseph Sollowin sustained minor injuries in the collision.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Joseph Sollowin III Accident on TX-73 in Jefferson County
While I'm sure this accident was scary to be involved in, I'm glad to see the hit-and-run driver was located and faced consequences for the damage they did. Moreover, it's a bit of luck that the injuries sustained allegedly weren't serious. That's pretty miraculous if true, considering the way things reportedly occurred. That's why I can't help but feel some concern when early reports--ones that don't necessarily have all the facts--downplay a victim's damages.
I don't mean that reports must be mistaken or that things are certain to get worse after the Jefferson County wreck. I just know from long experience working on all kinds of accidents that sometimes injuries take a little while to show their true nature.
I worked on a wreck not long ago where a man's supposed "sore back" after being rear-ended by an 18-wheeler turned out to be a ruptured spinal disk that caused him enormous pain after just a few days. It required major surgery and lengthy rehab, all while the company behind the truck that hit him denied liability. While his original injuries were thought to be "not serious," very little about his overall experience could be described that way.
Obviously I hope the situation on Highway 73 doesn't go that way and there's no particular reason to think it will. It's just important to find out everything about what happened and why as a matter of hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. Commercial truck wrecks should always be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly even if their aftermath doesn't immediately seem dire. I've seen too many cases where victims are told they're okay only for their injuries to worsen later--sometimes when it's too late to take the necessary steps to secure help.