• June 01, 2022

Yenifer Aguilar Killed in Truck Accident on East Fwy in Houston, TX

Houston, TX — May 11, 2022, 25-year-old Yenifer Aguilar was killed in a crash with a commercial truck on the East Freeway in Houston.

According to reports the incident happened around 10:50 a.m. on the freeway (I-10) near Oates Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Aguilar was driving a Hino van on the entrance ramp to westbound I-10 from Mercury Drive. Nearby and one lane away, a Peterbilt semi-truck with an oversized load, was headed west.

Reports say Aguilar may have tried to change lanes when unsafe and collided with the oversized load on the Peterbilt's trailer. She then lost control, veered right, and hit a trailer and sign post. The van then overturned.

Aguilar suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The truck driver was unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Yenifer Aguilar Accident on East Fwy in Houston

Reports suggest the victim may have made an unsafe lane change while entering the freeway, but I've been in this business long enough to know that preliminary findings should be taken with a grain or two of salt. There's often more to the story than police bother to write down during their investigation.

For example, it seems like the report glosses over the part where a commercial truck with an oversized load was barreling down the freeway, possibly without flaggers or signaling, and didn't make room for the victim's vehicle to get in. That's not illegal; people protect their spots in the lanes all the time. However, a reasonably prudent professional truck driver typically doesn't play that kind of chicken with incoming vehicles.

Yenifer Aguilar Killed in Truck Accident on East Fwy in Houston, TX

I wasn't there and I don't have access to special insights about how things went in this crash, so let me be clear that I'm not making accusations. Maybe things really boiled down to an unsafe lane change while the victim tried to get in the highway proper. However, there's two (or more) sides to every store, and it's worth noting that one person can't tell her side of how things went. Will police make sure that only objective evidence tells the final version of the tale or would an independent investigation get more answers?

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