• April 05, 2022

Joshua Garcia Struck, Killed by 18-Wheeler on Interstate 35 in Austin, TX

UPDATE (April 18, 2022): Authorities have identified the victim of this accident as Joshua Anthony Garcia.

Austin, TX -- April 2, 2022, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 35 in Austin.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:20 a.m. along the 7400 block of southbound I-35 near U.S. Highway 183 and Delmar Avenue. Preliminary investigation and a statement from the truck driver indicate he was traveling south on the highway when he saw vehicles swerving to avoid the victim, who was standing or walking in one of the travel lanes. The trucker said he braked and tried to change lanes to avoid the pedestrian but was unsuccessful. The truck driver remained at the scene after the collision and cooperated with investigators.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Joshua Garcia Accident on I-35 in Austin

It's not entirely clear how this accident unfolded or why the pedestrian might have been on the highway at the time, but folks tend to write off this kind of accident. They just assume the pedestrian was in the wrong since it's dangerous for them to walk on a highway, especially at night. They may be correct to some degree about the risks of doing so, but rather than dismissing the whole thing because of that it's important to consider other circumstances that may have contributed.

For instance, are there any lights in that area at night? Was the victim walking in a travel lane or on the shoulder? Was he wearing anything light-colored or reflective? Were the truck's headlights on? Was the driver's full attention on the road? If not, why not? Were other drivers able to successfully avoid the victim? Where did the pedestrian come from before walking on the roadway? Is there a chance he was impaired at the time? Could anything else have been done to avoid the collision or reduce its damage?

I don't ask those questions to overcomplicate things or speculate overmuch. I just don't think anyone can safely assume there's nothing else to know here. Even if some details may seem unnecessary at first to grasp what happened, someone lost his life and that warrants every effort to find answers. At the very least his loved ones deserve to know every effort was made to find the whole story.

Joshua Garcia Struck, Killed by 18-Wheeler on Interstate 35 in Austin, TX

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