• September 09, 2022

Juan Leija Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler at Weidner and Crosswinds in San Antonio, TX

UPDATE (September 12, 2022): The victim of this accident has been identified as 44-year-old Juan Leija. It is our sad duty to report that Mr. Leija later died of his injuries.

San Antonio, TX — September 9, 2022, one person was critically injured when his car crashed into an 18-wheeler at a Northeast San Antonio intersection.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. at North Weidner Road and the I-35 service road. Preliminary investigation suggests victim allegedly ran a red light at the intersection and hit the side of a Volvo 18-wheeler passing through on the other road. The victim's northbound Audi A5 wedged underneath the eastbound semi-trailer and was dragged several yards before the big rig came to a stop. Investigators say there were no signs the victim tried to brake before hitting the truck.

Responders used the Jaws of Life to extricate the victim and then transported him to an area hospital in critical condition.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Juan Leija Accident in San Antonio

People may look at the early accounts of this crash and think that's all they need to say how it happened. When a driver allegedly runs a red light at this time of night and hits a truck, I suspect folks will blame something like distraction from a phone, or possibly intoxication. Whichever specific finger gets pointed, ultimately it will almost certainly be at the victim.

Further investigation might conclude the victim was to blame, but it's best not to jump to any conclusions before all the facts are in. There could be more to the story. For instance: Was the victim's light solid red or just changing when he passed into the intersection? Was his car in good repair? Did a defective part keep it from stopping (like what happened with the GM ignition switch a few years ago)? How fast was the truck traveling on the other road? Setting aside right-of-way for a moment, could or should anything have been done differently to avoid the crash?

Juan Leija Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler at Weidner and Crosswinds in San Antonio, TX

None of those questions and the many others like them that still need answers are meant to overcomplicate things or point fingers. I just firmly believe that when someone is hurt or killed in a crash like this that it's in everyone's best interests to know exactly how and why that happened. A few vague sentences in the news and a once-over from police may not be enough to get all the facts; would an independent investigation stand a better chance of learning the whole truth?

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