• October 14, 2022

Vito Barruzza Killed in Crash with Towed Trailer on E Rusk Street in Jacksonville, TX

UPDATE (October 14, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of this accident as Vito Barruzza.

Jacksonville, TX — October 10, 2022, an 84-year-old man died in a crash with another truck's trailer on East Rusk Street in Jacksonville.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 10:15 a.m. along the 2300 block of East Rusk (US-79). Preliminary investigation suggests a Dodge pickup was towing a trailer, loaded with another pickup, east on the road when the trailer became unbalanced and started to sway. It veered out of control, after which the truck and trailer entered the westbound lane and crashed with a Nissan Altima.

The Nissan's driver was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the car and the Dodge driver were unhurt.

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

Vito Barruzza Killed in Crash with Towed Trailer in Jacksonville, TX

Commentary on Jacksonville Auto Accident on Rusk Street

It's not unusual for there to be few clear details right after an accident (why did the trailer fishtail? Why didn't the pickup stop instead of crossing over?), and it's important to ensure the situation is taken seriously and investigated carefully. I'm sure most would agree that the tragic loss of life involved here is more than enough reason for that.

Frankly, though, ensuring the wreck gets the attention it deserves may mean entrusting it to independent professionals rather than simply waiting for police to sort things out. That's not to insult their hard work, only to point out that even dedicated and skilled officers may be at the mercy of their departments' limited resources, understaffing, and competing priorities. That means they often don't have the training, time, or equipment to properly investigate an accident--even one with results as devastating as the one on Rusk Street. Important details slip through the cracks if police try to wrap things up quickly, which can be hugely problematic for victims and families afterward as they search for answers and justice.

That's why I try to help people understand what must be looked for and who may do the best job of finding it. At the very least everyone affected deserves to know that no stone was left unturned; anything beyond that would depend on what is learned.

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