Truck Driver Injured in Hit-and-Run on R. L. Thornton Freeway in Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX -- April 11, 2022, a truck driver was seriously injured in a hit-and-run collision on R.L. Thornton Freeway in Dallas.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. on the freeway (Interstate 35E) near Beckley Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests a commercial tractor-trailer of unknown make or model was traveling north on the highway in the right-middle lane as the victim was driving a Kenworth semi-truck with no trailer in the far right lane nearby.
According to reports the unknown truck either drifted to the right or attempted to make an unsafe lane change, causing its trailer to crash into the front-left side of the Kenworth. After the impact the 18-wheeler continued north without stopping.
The Kenworth driver suffered serious injuries in the collision.
Hogue was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on 18-Wheeler Hit-and-Run on I-35E in Dallas
It's just shameful to see an accident where someone we may assume was just trying to do his job was hurt by a fellow teamster who seemingly couldn't control his truck. Not only that, but the reportedly at-fault trucker didn't even pull over to check on the person they hurt. Clearly someone needs to answer for the damage done, and it's quite possible their employer should also be held accountable for their driver's carelessness. I hope police are doing everything they can to track that truck and driver down to get those wheels in motion.
One of the best steps to take in situations like this is simply to keep reports and all the available details in the public eye. I worked on a case not long ago where someone saw our reports about a truck hit-and-run and came forward to identify the driver. Of all people, it was actually his girlfriend that finally did the right thing. She eventually testified that the driver fled the scene because he was high on methamphetamine at the time and didn't want police to know.
To be clear, I'm not accusing a truck driver nobody has seen or identified of being on drugs just because they left the scene. It's troubling they did so, but there's still a chance that it all amounts to an unfortunate misunderstanding. That would still be something that could only be clarified by finding the driver and hearing their side of the story, so I hope one way or the other that they're located in the near future. Only then could any further steps be determined.