Marquise Jenkins Killed in 18-wheeler Accident at Zion Road in Garland, TX
UPDATE (October 24, 2022): Officials identified the man killed in the accident as Marquise Jenkins. Right now, additional details about the crash cannot be confirmed.
Garland, TX -- October 8, 2022, a driver was killed due to an accident where their vehicle hit the back of an 18-wheeler on I-30.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 3:00 a.m. along I-30 in the area of Zion Road.
According to officials, a vehicle was going along the main lanes of eastbound I-30. For reasons unclear, the vehicle crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler.
Due to the collision, the driver of that vehicle sustained fatal injuries. Authorities listed no other injuries.
At this time, additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Marquise Jenkins 18-wheeler Accident in Garland
My concern is that people are going to see "rear-end collision" and just assume the rear driver is automatically at fault. That's a misconception I've been fighting against for years. Is it common for this sort of thing to happen due to the victim texting, speeding, being drunk, or following too closely? Absolutely, and I wouldn't suggest ignoring that. But less common factors are also worth considering. Otherwise, there's no telling what may slip through the cracks.
Not long ago, for example, I was looking into a crash where initial details said only that a car failed to slow down and rear-ended an 18-wheeler. After weeks of investigations, however, it came to light that the 18-wheeler merged from the shoulder without turning its trailer lights on. Who in their right mind would blame a driver for hitting something on a dark highway that they couldn't possibly see?
I'm not saying that happened here, but I've seen many incidents where our investigations showed that authorities missed something important. If for no other reason than to get a grieving family the answers they need, those efforts could prove useful here, as well.