• July 07, 2022

Jimmy Dennis Stewart Killed, Oman Nunez Injured in Tractor Accident in Knox County, TX

Knox County, TX -- June 8, 2022, Jimmy Dennis Stewart was killed and Oman Nunez was injured due to an accident involving a tractor.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 6:00 a.m. along US Highway 277 in the area of CR-4559.

According to officials, 64-year-old Jimmy Dennis Stewart was on Harley Davidson traveling southbound on the highway. Ahead, a pickup driven by 21-year-old Oman Nunez somehow crashed into a trailer or piece of equipment being hauled by a farm tractor. Stewart's motorcycle then hit the towed object.

As a result of the crash, Stewart succumbed to fatal injuries. Nunez was said to have incapacitating injuries. Reports indicate the tractor's cargo was oversized, but it's unclear if it was marked as such. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Jimmy Stewart, Oman Nunez Tractor Accident in Knox County

It's concerning to see that two different drivers were somehow unable to avoid this tractor and its cargo. It's possible that was due to factors the tractor driver couldn't control. For example, if the first vehicle that hit the trailer crashed due to distracted driving and made an unavoidable obstruction for the second vehicle, one could hardly blame the tractor driver for that. But this early in the morning with a large, apparently over-sized vehicle likely going below the speed limit, steps must be taken to ensure that driver took proper precautions.

Jimmy Stewart Killed, Oman Nunez Injured in Tractor Accident in Knox County, TX

I'll give you an example of why this is so important to look into. A while back, I had a family come to me about a fatal crash where their loved one hit an oversized slab of steel hanging off the back of the trailer. Through our investigations, we revealed multiple serious mistakes that easily could have been avoided. For one, the trailer was obviously too small for the cargo, but the driver and their employer did nothing to acquire a bigger trailer. Secondly, they put a red flag on the end of the cargo, but it was so worn and faded that it might as well have been invisible. Because of their egregious oversights, an unsuspecting driver lost their life.

So when I read these initial reports, some questions immediately springs to mind. How fast was the tractor going? Were they hauling oversized cargo in the safest way possible? Did they have proper lighting and visibility markers? Was the obstruction reasonably avoidable, or were the victims being as prudent as they possible could be? Does this locality need to reexamine rules surrounding slow-moving tractors on highways? Whatever the answers are, there are families that deserve nothing less than the full story so they know what next steps are available to them in this time of immeasurable hardship.


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