• April 20, 2022

Jerrold Tunnell Killed in Truck Accident in Liberty County, TX

Liberty County, TX -- April 1, 2022, Jerrold Tunnell was killed due to an accident where a truck hit Tunnell along the roadway.

In their reports, authorities said that the incident took place at around 3:00 p.m. near the intersection of FM 787 and County Road 2164.

According to officials, 71-year-old Jerrold Tunnell was on a pedal cycle with a group of other cyclists traveling westbound along FM 787. A semi-truck also traveling westbound reportedly began to pass the group in a no-passing zone. After passing several of the cyclists, the truck went back into the westbound lane where it struck Tunnell.

Reports say that Tunnell sustained fatal injuries. Right now, exact factors surrounding the crash remain unconfirmed.

Commentary on Jerrold Tunnell Truck Accident in Liberty County

To be blunt, if these details are accurate, how in the world did this truck driver manage to hit the victim? This was during daylight hours on a straight road, and the truck driver managed to see and pass multiple other cyclists. Was there something more to this situation? Obstructions to visibility? Another vehicle the truck swerved to avoid? Unusual behavior from the cyclists? Otherwise, this all just seems to be the result of someone who can't handle a commercial vehicle responsibly.

As much as folks may think I'm out to get truckers or anti-trucker, the reality is the law holds them to a high standard--rightfully so. This is because commercial trucks are capable of serious harm in the wrong hands. No one will attest to this more than responsible, experienced truckers. They know what can happen when someone without the right experience or training gets their hands on a multi-ton truck.

Jerrold Tunnell Truck Accident Liberty County, TX

That's how you get situations like one that came to me a while back. A truck driver made a stupid mistake and caused a serious crash. Through our investigations, it became clear the driver barely had any commercial driving experience. His company essentially hired the first person they found, neglected to properly train him, then put him on the road as soon as physically possible. They didn't care about the safety of the public; they didn't even care about the safety of their own driver. All they cared about was business, and their risky practices inevitably led to people getting seriously hurt.

In a situation like that, the consequences are going to look significantly different. Holding a reckless driver accountable is one thing. Addressing a pattern of behavior to prevent it from harming others in the future is another thing entirely.

Again, I can't say what did or didn't happen here. But in my experience, if police say a truck driver passed people in a no-passing zone and still managed to hit someone during daylight hours, it doesn't inspire a lot of confidence that they're safe behind the wheel. Maybe there were extenuating circumstances, and experienced investigators would no doubt consider alternative explanations. Otherwise, experience tells me that some serious mistakes led to this man's death, and his loved ones deserve to know the whole story.

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