Benjamin Lee Injured in Pedestrian Accident on US-96 in Jasper County, TX
Jasper County, TX — October 22, 2022, 23-year-old pedestrian Benjamin Lee was injured after being hit by a box truck on U.S. Highway 96 in Jasper County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 4:00 p.m. on US-96. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chevy box truck was southbound on the highway when Lee reportedly entered the travel lanes on foot. The truck hit Lee in the road.
Lee was injured in the collision and was taken to a Houston hospital. The truck driver, 27-year-old Miguel Rojas, was unhurt.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Benjamin Lee Accident in Jasper County
Folks are quick to jump to conclusions after incidents like this because frankly it's generally dangerous for pedestrians to be on a highway. However, folks should keep in mind that a few vague sentences in the news don't really cover all the specifics of a given accident. For instance, these details don't say what the victim was doing or where exactly they were. That leaves a lot of room for unusual circumstances, which is worth considering.
I've seen reports like this where someone was just dashing across the road, but I've seen many others where they were actually safely on the shoulder changing a tire--yet were still described as "in the road." I've even seen cases where a bar illegally over-served someone to the point they didn't even realize they were walking into a busy thru-way. Maybe none of those apply in Jasper County, but whatever happened here the people affected deserve to know appropriate effort was made to learn the whole story.