Kendrick Walker Killed in Loose Truck Cargo Accident on US-67 in Titus County, TX
Titus County, TX — June 14, 2022, 32-year-old Kendrick Walker was killed in a crash with a commercial truck on U.S. Highway 67 in Titus County.
According to reports the incident happened around 3:20 p.m. on US-67 near County Road 2430. Preliminary investigation suggests a Sterling semi-truck was towing a trailer east on the highway, approaching the I-30 overpass. Nearby, Walker was driving a Chevrolet Silverado west and approaching the same overpass.
Reports say one of the hay bales on the semi-truck's flatbed trailer hit the overpass bridge and detached, then his the side of the Chevy pickup. The impact sent the pickup off the road; it traveled a short distance through the roadside grass and then hit a power pole.
Walker suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The Sterling driver was unhurt.
Reports say the truck driver didn't have an over-height permit for his cargo.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Kendrick Walker Accident in Titus County
If reports have their facts straight it seems like the truck driver made a critical and costly error here that took an innocent man's life, and the victim's loved ones would likely be quite justified in wanting some accountability for the tragic damage done. That's not to speak for them in any way, just an observation of how I'd probably feel in their position.
Of course, wanting accountability and actually getting it from the truck driver (and by extension his employer) are two very different things. Frustrating as it often is, trucking companies are rarely in the mood to simply accept fault for these matters without doing everything they can to point fingers elsewhere. Some may not see how that'd be possible here, but I've warned a lot of people over the years not to underestimate how inventive defense attorneys can be. They could argue that someone else loaded the cargo and failed to measure it properly or tell the driver its dimensions (so he "didn't know" he had to get a special permit), that the overpass didn't have appropriate signage indicating its clearance, or--if they're feeling particularly punchy--that the victim used "faulty evasive maneuvers" and realistically could or should have avoided the hay bale.
Are any of those arguments true? Maybe, maybe not. Defense doesn't know or particularly care, as the burden of proving what really happened is actually on the victim's family. The company just has to say "Yes, but what if..." enough times that a jury no longer feels right saying they're to blame. Making sure that can't happen requires rounding up plenty of clear evidence so only facts tell the story. The kind of investigation needed to get that evidence can ask a lot of victims and families still reeling from trauma, which is why it's often best for experienced allies to handle that. Armed with what independent investigators find on their behalf, many people have successfully held negligent companies responsible for the terrible damage their employees caused.