Darrell Louviere Killed in Truck Accident on US-190 in Polk County, TX
Polk County, TX -- April 7, 2022, 75-year-old Darrell Louviere was killed in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 190 in Polk County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:25 p.m. on US-190 near mile marker 782. Preliminary investigation suggests Louviere was driving a Dodge Ram 3500 pickup with an attached utility trailer west on the highway in the left lane. Reports say the trailer was improperly secured to the ball hitch of the Dodge and the two separated. The trailer ran into the pickup at an angle and caused Louviere to lose control; the pickup spun off the road into the median barrow ditch and overturned.
Louviere suffered fatal injuries in the accident. No other vehicles or people were involved.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Darrell Louviere Accident on US-190 in Polk County
Reports suggest this accident may have come about because the utility trailer had a hitch designed for a bigger ball than the pickup had. The difference appears to be only about 1/3 of an inch, but presumably that's enough play to allow a hitch to slip loose with sufficient speed or bumping.
Based on that some folks may be ready to say this crash, while tragic, seems to be the driver's doing by pairing the hitch incorrectly. Further investigation could confirm that's the primary factor, but it's important to be thorough after any wreck--particularly one in which a man lost his life.
One point of concern that stands out in reports is that investigators called this a commercial vehicle accident. If the victim was driving on a company's behalf at the time of the wreck, that may also mean that someone else was responsible for hitching up his trailer--a fellow employee perhaps, or even someone working for another company attaching their cargo for transport. I'm not saying either of those definitely happened, but it's another can of worms to open when seeking out the whole truth of what happened here.
I don't want to stray too far into speculation here. Obviously this is a terrible incident and my heart goes out to the driver's loved ones after their loss. I don't mean to rub salt in their wounds by looking at the incident more closely; I just know from long experience that many families are desperate for answers after they lose someone this way. Sometimes those answers also reveal a need for someone else to be held accountable, and in that event it's important to know all the facts. Will police be thorough enough to find them?