Esmeralda Gonzalez Injured in Truck Hit-and-Run on I-10 in Kimble County, TX
Kimble County, TX — May 12, 2022, 61-year-old Esmerelda Gonzalez was injured by an 18-wheeler in an alleged hit-and-run on Interstate 10 in Kimble County.
According to reports the incident happened around 9:10 a.m. on I-10 near mile marker 464. Preliminary investigation suggests Gonzalez was driving a GMC Yukon SUV east on the freeway in the left lane. Nearby, a tractor-trailer of unknown make and model was in the right lane.
Reports say the truck left its lane and sideswiped the Yukon. The impact sent the SUV off the road and it hit a guardrail, then came to rest in the median. The truck then continued east without stopping and has not been found.
Esmeralda Gonzalez suffered serious injuries in the collision. Her passenger, 47-year-old Arnolfo Gonzalez, was taken with her to a hospital for evaluation of possible injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Esmeralda Gonzalez Hit-and-Run on I-10 in Kimble County
People often feel that hit-and-runs are difficult or almost impossible to resolve. I encourage those folks not to lose hope; even months after a crash, someone may connect the dots and come forward to help.
In a recent case a family came to us after their loved one was killed by an 18-wheeler. The trucker fled the scene and authorities couldn't identify the truck or a suspect. To help out we kept circulating the details through the blog, and a couple eventually contacted us saying they witnessed the crash.
It turns out they saw what happened, followed the truck, wrote down its company information and license plate, and only broke off pursuit because the truck driver tried to run them off the road. They went to the police with what they had but somehow officers lost track of those crucial details and no one ever followed up. When it became clear that police weren't taking action the couple contacted us. Thanks to their efforts a truck driver answered for his recklessness. Moreover, his employer was held accountable for the damage he caused.
It's possible that similar efforts in the Kimble County accident could get results. If someone out there recognizes a description of the truck, the area the crash happened, when it happened, or perhaps saw a damaged truck nearby around that time, they could still come forward. Investigators can then find out more about what caused the crash and who's responsible. I'm sure authorities are still doing their best to resolve this tragic accident, but perhaps independent efforts would also help move things forward.