Eric Fierro Jr. Killed in Truck Accident on US-60 in Parmer County, TX
Parmer County, TX — August 25, 2022, 34-year-old Eric Fierro Jr. died in a rear-end crash with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 60 in Parmer County.
According to reports the incident happened around 12:40 a.m. along US-60 east of Friona. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner 18-wheeler was headed west on the highway, followed at some distance by Fierro in a Jeep Cherokee. The big rig allegedly slowed while entering a turn lane and the Jeep crashed into the back of its trailer.
Fierro was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Eric Fierro Jr. Accident in Parmer County
Rear-end collision can often be misleading because folks will immediately assume the rear driver did something wrong. Quite frankly, that's the most likely explanation here--the victim might have been going too fast, following too closely, or distracted when approaching the truck. However, it's important not to take anything like that for granted. Investigators must look into other possibilities beyond the victim's control; while less common than driver mistakes, they cause wrecks like this as well.
For example, I looked into a crash some time ago where reports were a lot like this one--an 18-wheeler was supposedly just traveling on the highway at night when someone slammed into the back of it. Weeks later, though, it came to light that the 18-wheeler had just merged from the shoulder before turning its trailer lights on. That means it was practically invisible and moving far slower than traffic when the collision occurred.
I'm not saying that happened here, but it's one of many examples where early reports overlook or omit crucial details. From bad lighting to road hazards to medical emergencies to vehicle defects, covering all the bases and getting the full story is vital. That's especially true when a victim or their family needs answers and help.