• October 13, 2022

Marlo Garcia, Kimberly Barbara Pablo Manuel Killed, Eduardo Manuel, Dustin Payton Leifeste Injured in Truck Accident in Gillespie County, TX

Gillespie County, TX -- September 27, 2022, Marlo Garcia and Kimberly Manuel were killed and two were injured in a truck accident.

Preliminary details indicated that the crash took place at around 3:00 p.m. off the corner of US 87 and River Road.

Officials said that a Mini Cooper said to be driven by Eduardo Manuel was traveling northbound on US 87 and apparently slowed to make a turn. While doing so, an 18-wheeler going northbound did not slow down in time, police say, causing it to hit Manuel's vehicle. This caused a southbound vehicle driven by 25-year-old Dustin Payton Leifeste to then hit Manuel's vehicle.

As a result of the collision, two passengers in Manuel's vehicle suffered fatal injuries. They were identified as 33-year-old Kimberly Barbara Pablo Manuel and 31-year-old Marlo Garcia. Eduardo Manuel was said to have incapacitating injuries while Leifeste's injuries were described as non-incapacitating.

At this time, no further information is available.

Commentary on Marlo Garcia, Kimberly Manuel, Eduardo Manuel, Dustin Leifeste Truck Accident in Gillespie County

To be rather blunt, I don't see why this tragedy hasn't received more attention in the public eye. Police seem to believe that a mistake from an 18-wheeler driver led to two people losing their lives. Are steps really being taken to ensure there are appropriate consequences here?

Marlo Garcia, Kimberly Manuel Killed, Eduardo Manuel, Dustin Leifeste Injured in Truck Accident in Gillespie County, TX

My concern is that there may have been steps at the scene to muddy the waters and make things more difficult for the victims and families already facing enough challenges. Something that tends to catch folks by surprise is just how quickly trucking companies move to push the facts in their favor as much as possible. Without the right evidence and strategy, those efforts can prove effective.

A while back, for example, I handled a situation with similar details in which a truck rear-ended someone waiting to turn into a shopping center. The trucking company had reps on the scene of the crash telling police the victim slammed on their brakes and wasn't using their signal. Fortunately, we were brought on quickly, and we found nearby camera footage which clearly showed the victim slow to a controlled stop with their blinker on, and the 18-wheeler simply plowed into the back of the car without slowing down.

I'm not saying any of that will happen here, but it's just one example out of countless where additional steps were necessary to tell the victim's side of the story. Understanding this can be crucial for victims and families in need of help. Not only does this crash not seem like an exception to that, but it seems few kinds of accidents would need those prudent steps more than one with facts like these.

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