Jesse Pesina Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler on HK Dodgen Loop in Temple, TX
Temple, TX -- April 16, 2022, 23-year-old Jesse Pesina was seriously injured in a crash with a commercial truck on HK Dodgen Loop in Temple.
Authorities say it happened around 7:15 a.m. on Dodgen Loop (State Loop 363) at Industrial Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner semi-truck with an attached trailer wa traveling north on the Loop when it approached the Industrial intersection. Reports say the big rig had the right-of-way and was proceeding north when Pesina's eastbound Chevrolet HHR allegedly ran a stop sign and entered its path. The Freightliner crashed into the passenger side of the Chevy.
Pesina suffered serious injuries in the collision. The truck driver reportedly received minor injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jesse Pesina Accident on HK Dodgen Loop in Temple
Reports suggest that traffic on Industrial Boulevard has a stop sign and is meant to yield to vehicles on Loop 363--pretty standard when local roads meet a highway. It's not clear why the victim might have failed to yield to the semi-truck in Temple, but before anyone decides he was just careless it's important to account for other potential explanations. That means learning all the details of the crash.
For example: Could the Chevy have had some kind of mechanical or brake problem that kept the victim from stopping? What about any health problems that might have incapacitated the driver? Could something have blocked his view of the approaching semi-truck? Was signage covered or missing at the intersection? Were there any other vehicles around at the time? Could bad weather or hazardous road conditions have been a factor? Does that area have a history of similar crashes? Is the intersection designed poorly? Ignoring right-of-way for a moment, could the truck driver have done anything differently to avoid the collision or reduce its damage?
I'm not trying to overcomplicate this matter or place any undue blame on anyone. I just want to make sure all the details are known as they should be after any accident. Without considering all possibilities no one can be certain why things happened the way they did. Unusual elements contribute to accidents all the time but too often they slip through the cracks during a "by the book" investigation. We even saw a recent incident in West Texas where a person allegedly ran a stop sign and fatally crashed with an 18-wheeler, only for us to find out later that TxDOT road crews removed the signs during construction and didn't put them back. The victim didn't even know he had to stop there, but until that fact came to light police reports unfairly blamed him.
It's pretty unlikely the same thing happened in Temple as stop signs rarely go missing like that. My point is just that many crashes aren't as simple as they might appear and subtle-but-crucial details are often overlooked or misunderstood. The victim deserves the benefit of the doubt and to know every effort was made to find the whole truth. Will police be thorough enough to get it?