• November 08, 2022

Javier Ruiz Killed in 18-wheeler Accident in Grand Prairie, TX

Grand Prairie, TX -- October 6, 2022, Javier Ruiz was killed due to an accident where Ruiz's vehicle crashed into the side of an 18-wheeler.

Investigators said that the crash happened at around 4:45 p.m. along Carrier Parkway near Great Southwest Parkway.

It appears that 31-year-old Javier Ruiz was in a Honda Civic traveling eastbound on Carrier. At a private drive, officials say that a westbound 18-wheeler made a left turn across eastbound lanes toward a driveway for International Paper. Doing so, Ruiz's vehicle hit the right side of the trailer.

Ruiz died due to the collision. Authorities say that "video evidence" showed Ruiz fail to control speed, and the truck driver apparently said traffic at the Great Southwest Parkway eastbound light was stopped at the time. Additional details are unavailable at this time.

Commentary on Javier Ruiz 18-wheeler Accident in Grand Prairie

I'm going to be blunt here: I think authorities might be missing something incredibly important in these details. Whether that's due to poor reporting or outright overlooking crucial details, it's likely that more thorough independent investigations would show there's more to this story. Why do I say this?

Javier Ruiz Killed in 18-wheeler Accident in Grand Prairie, TX

Let's look at what little information is available right now. Statements claimed that eastbound traffic was stopped at a light when this collision occurred. However, other details suggest the tractor-trailer was turning into the entrance of International Paper. That appears to be roughly 1000 feet east of the Great Southwest Parkway intersection. So despite this implication that eastbound traffic should have been stopped, there are plenty of scenarios where that could be true while the victim also still had the right of way.

Now, it's possible these details are just poorly communicated. It's possible this supposed evidence totally explains what's going on here and why authorities did not say that the truck driver anything wrong. I would never speculate without knowing all the facts. But considering the victim here isn't around to tell their side of the story, it shouldn't be too much to ask that the evidence be allowed to say exactly what happened here.

How fast were the vehicles going? Where exactly did this collision occur? Where was the victim coming from, and did they have the right-of-way? Why wasn't the truck driver able to see the victim approaching? Were they inattentive? Was the victim doing something irregular? Is this crossing obstructed by excessive foliage or other objects? How much of this information is based on clear evidence and how much was given by the truck driver or representatives from their employer?

This is what I mean when I tell people not to take initial details at face value. These are just a few questions that the above details don't come close to answering. If authorities aren't able to answer those questions, then perhaps this tragedy would be better off in the hands of more experienced and thorough professionals.

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