Jonathan Robert Schroeder Killed in Truck Accident in Dewitt County, TX
Dewitt County, TX -- August 6, 2022, Jonathan Robert Schroeder was killed after an accident where two 18-wheelers collided.
Officials reported that the crash took place at around 6:00 a.m. along US Highway 87 near Von Haefen Road.
According to investigators, 40-year-old Jonathan Robert Schroeder was in a semi-trailer traveling northbound on US 87. Ahead, it appears another 18-wheeler was backing off a side road after missing a turn. As the trailer backed onto highway lanes, Schroeder's truck hit the trailer, then caught fire.
Schroeder sustained fatal injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported. At this time, no additional details are available.
Commentary on Jonathan Robert Schroeder Truck Accident in Dewitt County
In am shocked at how little anyone is talking about this awful accident. There are huge red flags which need to be addressed, and this lack of attention makes me wonder if authorities are really treating this as seriously as the family deserves. Not only could there be a reckless, negligent truck driver involved in this fatal crash, there could even be a design flaw that contributed to the victim's death.
First of all, authorities say the truck driver was backing onto the highway because they missed a turn. To be blunt, I've known trucking companies who fire drivers for doing less. Blocking highway lanes for a maneuver like this just to save some time is completely unacceptable. Doing it on a narrow highway before daylight hours is only more egregious. So what exactly was this driver thinking? Did they just assume everyone would see the trailer and stop rather than consider the risk of blocking traffic lanes with a massive commercial truck? Investigators would be prudent to look into how trained this driver was and whether or not there's a history of negligent driving.
Secondly, anytime a truck catches on fire, it's important to find out if that was a reasonable result of the crash. A lot of trucks have fuel tanks placed in a dangerous area because it's easier to put them there. While manufacturers do this to save time and money, it puts truck drivers in danger. It can cause a large fire and make otherwise survivable crashes become fatal. Did that happen here? Did authorities even bother to find out?
With all of this said, I just want to be clear I don't have all the facts here. That would require more thorough investigations. There could be extenuating circumstances police overlooked, and maybe the surviving driver here didn't actually do anything wrong. But ninety-nine times out of a hundred, this sort of crash is completely avoidable and the result solely of someone being reckless. Is that person or company going to be held appropriately accountable?