Eric Sanchez Killed in Crash with Dump Truck on Chrisman Road in Houston, TX
Houston, TX -- May 20, 2022, Texas man Eric Sanchez was killed in a rear-end collision with a dump truck on Chrisman Road in Houston.
Reports say the incident happened around 7:00 a.m. on the 14100 block of Chrisman near Peach Leaf Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Sanchez was driving a Chevy Colorado pickup south in the area, potentially at high speeds, when he crashed into the back of a southbound Peterbilt dump truck for unknown reasons. The Chevy then overturned on its roof and caught fire.
Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene. The dump truck driver, Oscar Suarez, was taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Eric Sanchez Accident on Chrisman Rd in Houston
Over my career I've run into a lot of folks who think that a rear-end collision is always the fault of the rear driver, bar none. The law doesn't agree, however, and even in situations like this where police say the victim "may have been speeding" fault isn't as automatic as some people seem to think. The law looks at the greater context of the accident, including all of its contributing factors.
Among those might be things like the victim's speed at the time of the collision (confirmed instead of just assumed), whether he might have been distracted or impaired, what the dump truck was doing in the area, how fast it was traveling, if both vehicles' lights were on, road and weather conditions, and many other elements.
I'm not saying one way or the other what happened in Houston. I read the same reports as everyone else and right now there's still a lot of blanks to fill in. My point in the meantime is just that many additional factors beyond "who hit whom" must be accounted for after a collision like this. People read about someone rear-ending a truck and think "case closed," but without looking at all the possible issues the whole truth isn't yet discovered. At the very least the victim's loved ones deserve to know the full story; if there are any steps beyond that knowing so will depend on what the story turns out to be.