• October 21, 2022

Charles Markum Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on NW Parkway in Azle, TX

UPDATE (November 3, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of this accident as Charles Markum.

Azle, TX — October 19, 2022, a 37-year-old man died after his SUV and a tractor-trailer collided on Northwest Parkway in Azle.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:00 a.m. on the 1300 block of Northwest Parkway near Kerry Lane. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Jeep Cherokee west on the highway when for unknown reasons he collided with the rear of a Kenworth 18-wheeler that was starting to turn right into a nearby construction area.

The victim was transported to an Azle hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

No further information is currently available.

Charles Markum Killed in Azle, TX Crash with 18-Wheeler on Northwest Parkway

Commentary on Azle Truck Accident on NW Parkway

It seems investigators think the victim rear-ended the big rig, but there's not a lot of insight about how or why that occurred. Some may be under the mistaken impression that rear-end wrecks are always the rear driver's fault so delving into specifics isn't really necessary, but that's untrue--and unfair to the victim. What if a malfunction or defect in his Jeep kept him from stopping? What if the truck ahead of him braked suddenly at the turn, or the driver didn't use a turn signal? Would the victim still be blamed for those situations, which were clearly out of his control? I certainly hope not.

Unfortunately police don't always have the time or tools to properly investigate those other possibilities. If key details and clues are overlooked and reports end up incomplete or wrong, clearly that can be problematic for victims and families in search of answers and help. That's why it's usually best that experienced professional investigators look into things instead of pinning too much expectation on a police report. Will the needed steps be taken here to get the whole story?

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