Man Injured, Trucker Charged in Truck Accident on East Central in Albuquerque, NM
UPDATE (May 18, 2022): Sources have clarified that the victim involved in the crash survived and continues to recover from critical injuries. Additional details about the crash itself have not been released.
Albuquerque, NM -- April 28, 2022, a man was killed and another faces charges following an accident where an allegedly impaired trucker hit the victim.
In their initial reports, officials said that the crash took place in the afternoon hours of Thursday at East Central and Wyoming Boulevard.
According to investigators, a man was attempting to cross the intersection when a commercial truck hit the man. This resulted in fatal injuries. That truck then left the scene.
Authorities say they identified the trucker as John Gwinn. They allege that Gwinn was impaired and in possession of drugs. Currently, reports say that Gwinn faces charges for vehicular homicide, possession, and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.
Additional details are currently unavailable.
Commentary on Truck Hit-and-run Accident on East Central in Albuquerque
These are obviously some serious allegations, though I want to be clear that it's not my place to say if those allegations are accurate. That's for the courts to figure out. In the meantime, there is a man's family in need of some answers, and steps should be taken to ensure they're getting the full story.
Part of the story that I have concerns with is the fact the incident apparently involved a commercial truck. While there are many independent truckers out there, did this incident involve someone working for a company? Is there a company out there allowing intoxicated truck drivers to work for them, operating multi-ton vehicles and putting countless others at risk? There are companies out there who will simply allow anyone with a pulse to drive for them, and there are others simply so inept they don't bother to make sure their workers are being safe.
Maybe nothing like that happened here, but as I said, there is a family in need of answers and whatever help they can get. Steps should be taken to ensure they get those answers, especially if they could help prevent others from getting hurt.