Breana Powell Killed in Truck Accident on Broadway Street in Houston, TX
UPDATE (October 12, 2022): Details have identified the woman killed in the incident as Breana Powell. Right now, additional details about the accident are still under investigation.
Houston, TX -- October 8, 2022, one person was killed following an accident where a commercial truck hit a bicyclist along Broadway Street.
Investigators said that the incident happened at around 6:40 a.m. at the intersection of Broadway Street and Morley Street.
It appears that a 27-year-old woman was riding on the sidewalk along Broadway at the time. While crossing Morley, officials believe that a commercial truck going northbound made a right turn from a stop at the light. The truck somehow hit the cyclist in the process.
Due to the accident, the cyclist sustained fatal injuries. Authorities report no charges at this time.
Commentary on Breana Powell Truck Accident in Houston
There isn't a lot of information available right now, but a key issue is going to be whether or not a reasonably prudent professional driver would have been able to see and avoid the victim. Details in the news suggest the cyclist would have been approach from behind on the truck's right side. So why wasn't the truck driver able to avoid the victim?
Is there not enough lighting in this area? Was the pedestrian signal saying to cross? Was the cyclist wearing reflective clothing or using lights? Did the pedestrian come out of nowhere, or would a simple look in the side mirror have shown the driver it wasn't safe to turn?
Frankly, it may take far more thorough investigations that police alone if only to make sure the trucking company involved here doesn't have room to twist the facts. If a family is going to get the answers and the resolution they deserve, it's usually best to anticipate potential blame-shifting and to have the necessary facts to tell the victim's side of the story.