Cesar Escobedo Killed in Fiery Chain-Reaction Crash on I-635 in Dallas, TX
UPDATE (May 27, 2022): The victim of this accident has been identified as 28-year-old Cesar Escobedo.
Dallas, TX -- April 25, 2022, a man was killed in a collision involving two semi-trucks on Interstate 635 on a rainy morning in Dallas.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:00 a.m. on the 10700 block of I-635 (LBJ Freeway) near Plano Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Honda Accord west on LBJ when he was involved in a single-vehicle accident under unknown circumstances. The crash left the Honda disabled in the freeway's left travel lane.
Shortly afterward a commercial semi-truck tried to pass another by entering the left lane and crashed into the Honda. After the impact the truck driver swerved right, crashing into the big rig they tried to pass. The two rigs swerved and hit a concrete barrier. The truck that hit the Honda detached from its trailer and caught fire. The second semi ran down a nearby embankment and jackknifed.
The Honda's driver was pronounced dead at the scene. It's unclear whether the truck drivers were hurt in the crash.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Cesar Escobedo Accident on I-635 in Dallas
While investigators are looking further into this crash I hope they're able to figure out the exact timing of events. What do I mean by that? Well, determining how much time and space the passing truck driver should have had to react to the disabled car will be important when figuring out if this fiery collision could have been avoided or its damage reduced.
To be clear, I'm not automatically pointing the finger at the commercial driver. From reports it seems as though the victim's vehicle was stopped in the roadway after his solo crash. Since the striking truck would likely have been next to the one it was trying to pass, it's possible there was little to nothing the trucker could have done under the circumstances. However, early reports still lack a lot of important details. How long was the car stopped there before the truck approached? What was the victim's status inside the disabled vehicle? Was he still conscious? If he was injured, to what degree? Is that area well-lit at night, or was visibility limited? Were the car's hazard lights activated after the accident? Were the big rig's headlights on? Was the truck driver awake, alert, and paying full attention to his surroundings? If not, why not? Could the collision have been affected by any other factors, like road conditions (news reports mentioned heavy rain), limited visibility (again due to heavy rainfall), or other traffic?
Some will see those questions as just an attorney "playing the angles," but I'm only saying what I always do: The only way to know for sure how everything went down is to get all the facts with careful and thorough investigation. The story is best told by objective evidence, and finding that often takes more effort than law enforcement puts in. If there are concerns about how much work police will put in here, the victim's loved ones may be better served by launching their own investigation with the help of independent professionals.