Nelson Nunez Killed by 18-Wheeler on I-10 in Baton Rouge, LA
UPDATE (June 15, 2022): The victim of this crash has been identified as 75-year-old Nelson Nunez. It is our sad duty to report that Mr. Nunez died of the injuries he sustained in the accident on Monday, June 13.
Further investigation indicates that Nunez was driving a Kia Optima west on the highway when the car's roof rack broke off and several personal items fell into the roadway. He stopped the car and got out to retrieve the items; while doing so he was struck by a passing 18-wheeler.
Baton Rouge, LA — June 4, 2022, a pedestrian was hospitalized after being hit by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge.
According to reports the incident happened shortly before 9:30 a.m. along westbound I-10 at Highland Road. The exact circumstances of the accident aren't known yet, but reports indicate the victim was on foot in or near the highway when they were hit by a passing 18-wheeler.
The pedestrian was transported from the scene to a local hospital. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Nelson Nunez Accident on I-10 in Baton Rouge
UPDATE (June 15, 2022): As I read the new information about what happened I can't help but wonder about the timing of it all. The roof rack might have broken suddenly, but it seems unlikely that a 75-year-old man darted suddenly into the road to retrieve his belongings. How long was he there picking things up before the truck came along, and why didn't the truck driver notice him in the light of day?
I'm not trying to point fingers without evidence. It's just a point I think should be addressed by investigators in pursuit of the whole story. The victim's family deserves no less than the whole truth.
ORIGINAL: There's still a lot of missing information here before anyone could really say how that pedestrian ended up in the hospital. Where exactly were they in relation to the road? Were they walking along a travel lane? On the shoulder? Did they try to run across? How long were they in the road before the truck came along? What are visibility and sightlines like in that area? Was the truck driver's full attention on the road? Could or should they have done anything differently to avoid the pedestrian?
I understand those last questions sound like I'm pointing fingers, but it's just important to consider all the variables after any accident. I'm not accusing the truck driver of wrongdoing, just suggesting that those bases have to be covered like any other. Maybe further investigation will find a simple explanation for this terrible incident, but someone was seriously injured and that warrants learning the truth. Will law enforcement put in the time and work to get it?