Donna Man Injured in Truck Accident on 23rd Street in McAllen, TX
McAllen, TX -- June 15, 2022, a Donna man was injured due to an accident where a tractor-trailer struck him along 23rd Street.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 10:00 a.m. near 8101 23rd Street
In reports, authorities said that a 46-year-old Donna man was walking in a parking lot at the time when a truck driver in an 18-wheeler somehow did not see the man, running him over.
The man was taken to a hospital with incapacitating injuries. Additional details about the accident are unclear at this time.
Commentary on Pedestrian Truck Accident on 23rd Street in McAllen
Something really bugs me about the preliminary reports I'm seeing. Just to be clear, I can't say what exactly happened here without more thorough independent investigations. However, I've handled plenty of situations similar to this over the years, and some things aren't adding up.
Specifically, reports mention a contributing factor as being the victim "walking through a parking lot." Is that really a contributing factor? Where else can a driver expect to see pedestrians more than in a parking lot, where people literally walk to and from cars? Especially during daylight hours, was it the pedestrian walking that led to this accident, or was it whatever prevented the truck driver from seeing the victim?
Don't get me wrong--this isn't some blog out here to throw mud at truckers. There are still plenty of reasons a reasonably prudent truck driver wouldn't be able to avoid someone in a situation like this. Sometimes people dart out between vehicle without looking both ways. Sometimes people walk around loading docks where it's dangerous. Sometimes the parking lot itself is designed dangerously and puts people in unnecessary danger.
Whatever happened here, and however it all could have been avoided, I think there needs to be another investigation if only to figure out if police ever came up with any better explanations. Saying a pedestrian got hit by a car because they were in a parking lot is like saying a vase got knocked over because it was in a hallway. There has to be more to this story, and my concern steps aren't being taken to truly give those involved here the answers they deserve.