• July 13, 2022

Christopher Massinburg Killed by 18-Wheeler on US-75 in Anna, TX

Anna, TX — July 2, 2022, 45-year-old pedestrian Christopher Massinburg was struck and killed by an 18-wheeler on U.S. Highway 75 in Anna.

According to reports the incident happened around 10:10 a.m. on US-75 near FM 455. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner tractor-trailer was traveling south on the highway in the middle lane as Massinburg was running westward to cross the road. He allegedly ran into the truck's path and the big rig struck him in the roadway.

Massinburg suffered fatal injuries in the accident. The truck driver was unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Christopher Massinburg Accident in Anna

Many folks feel that incidents like this, while tragic, are largely due to someone being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Running across a highway is a pretty risky thing to do, but it's irresponsible to pin all the blame on the victim without considering other possible factors and finding the objective facts that tell the story.

Even if a highway is typically dangerous for pedestrians, there may have been extenuating or unusual circumstances involved. That's why it's important to learn all the details: What are sightlines and visibility like in that area? Was the truck driver awake, alert, and watching the road? What about the pedestrian--did he check for approaching traffic before running through? If not, why not? Were other vehicles able to avoid the victim without difficulty before the truck came along? Could or should the truck driver have done anything differently?

Christopher Massinburg Killed by 18-Wheeler on US-75 in Anna, TX

Those questions aren't meant to complicate things or make accusations. Further investigation might show this really boils down to an unfortunately-timed attempt to cross a busy thruway. However, it could also reveal other issues that weren't considered at first. At the very least the victim's loved ones deserve to know that careful attention was paid here to bring them answers. If there's anything else to do besides that, knowing so will depend on what those answers turn out to be.

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