• August 26, 2022

Charles Walker Killed by Reversing Truck on SH 332 in Clute, TX

Clute, TX — March 3, 2022, 56-year-old pedestrian Charles Walker was struck and killed by a commercial vehicle on State Highway 332 in Brazoria County.

Reports say the incident happened around 4:05 p.m. on TX-332 near South Main Street. Preliminary investigation suggests an International semi-truck was operating in the median of the roadway in a road construction area. The truck was allegedly reversing slowly through the median when Walker traveled behind it on foot. The truck backed into Walker and caused injuries of which he died on March 10.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Charles Walker Truck Accident in Clute

Folks are tempted to say auto-pedestrian accidents are always the fault of either the pedestrian or the driver, with no other mitigating factors to consider. Things are rarely that clear-cut, however, and it's important to investigate a crash like this carefully.

For instance, here's a few questions that came to mind after preliminary reports ran out of things to say: Was no one monitoring the path of the reversing truck? Was the driver watching his mirrors? Why was the victim walking through the area? Was he part of the work crew, or just passing through from one side of the road to the other? Did the construction zone have any kind of markings, flags, warning devices, or security to keep something like this from happening? If not, why not? Reports say the truck was reversing "slowly," but what speed does that actually entail?

Charles Walker Killed by Reversing Truck on SH 332 in Clute, TX

Those and many other details must be taken into account in pursuit of the whole story. Simply saying a man blithely walked behind a moving truck for seemingly no reason isn't enough to get real answers for his loved ones. Will police take a closer look and try to fill in some of the many remaining blanks, or should someone else working more directly on the family's behalf step in?

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