• April 18, 2022

Gerardo Villa Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Temple, TX

Temple, TX -- March 21, 2022, Gerardo Villa was injured due to an accident where an 18-wheeler crashed into a car, then reportedly left the scene.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 8:09 p.m. along I-35 and General Bruce Drive in the area of Central Avenue.

Authorities said that 41-year-old Gerardo Villa was a passenger in a Ford Explorer traveling northbound along General Bruce. While doing so, an 18-wheeler reportedly made an unsafe lane change and hit the back of the Ford. That tractor-trailer then left the scene, reports say.

Villa was said to have non-incapacitating injuries due to the crash. Police have not said if they identified the truck driver involved.

Commentary on Gerardo Villa 18-wheeler Accident in Temple

It's just infuriating to think there could be someone out there in something as potentially dangerous as an 18-wheeler that can simply shirk responsibility after hitting someone. Needless to say, if the reports are accurate, steps must be taken to identify that person and see they're held accountable. Even this long after a crash, simply keeping the details in the public eye can be a crucial step toward that end.

Gerardo Villa 18-wheeler Accident Temple, TX

For example, I handled a situation a while back involving a truck driver that left the scene. Despite several weeks passing, someone saw our reports and called us. Of all people, it was the trucker's girlfriend who had been in the truck at the time. She felt guilty and wanted to come forward, testifying that the driver fled because he was high on meth at the time and didn't want to speak with the police.

Now, I'm not saying anything so drastic happened here, but it goes to show just how powerful a tool the public can be. Whether it's a witness, friend, family member, co-worker, supervisor, mechanic, or someone else who has crossed paths with the runaway driver, I still have hope someone will do the right thing so those affected by this crash can get the help and the closure they deserve.

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