• May 10, 2022

Christian Ordones Killed by 18-Wheeler on North Loop in Houston, TX

UPDATE (June 3, 2022): The pedestrian killed in this accident has been identified as 26-year-old Christian Ordones.

Houston, TX -- May 10, 2022, a male pedestrian was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer while crossing the lanes of the North Loop in Houston.

Authorities say the incident happened just before 6:00 a.m. on the 6700 block of the westbound Loop, between Lockwood Drive and Homestead Road. According to reports the pedestrian was trying to cross through the main travel lanes when he was hit by a Kenworth 18-wheeler. The truck driver remained at the scene afterward and cooperated with police; he was released after they determined he was not impaired.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was hurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Christian Ordones Accident on North Loop in Houston

There isn't much information about what happened here, though folks also tend to write off incidents where pedestrians are hit on a highway. The assumption tends to be that someone on foot there is more or less automatically in the wrong, since it's not only dangerous but also generally prohibited by the Texas Transportation Code.

While those are fair points, fault is never automatic after an accident. Rather than jumping to any conclusions it's important to consider the greater context: How did it happen, could it have been avoided, and could anything out of the ordinary have contributed to it?

Christian Ordones Killed by 18-Wheeler on North Loop in Houston, TX

For instance, are there any streetlights in that area? Where exactly was the victim in relation to the roadway at the time? How long had they been in the road before the truck approached? How visible were they at the time? This happened shortly before dawn, so were the truck's headlights on? Was the driver's full attention on the road? If not, why not? Were other drivers able to successfully avoid the victim? Where did the pedestrian come from before entering the road that morning? Could anything else have been done to avoid the collision or reduce its damage?

I don't ask those questions to overcomplicate things or point fingers. I just don't think anyone can safely assume there's nothing else to know here. Every available answer is important when trying to learn how someone lost their life. Their loved ones deserve to know no stone was left unturned when trying to make sense of a terrible event.

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