• November 10, 2022

Soledad Rodriguez Gonzalez Killed in 18-Wheeler Hit-and-Run on SH 176 near Andrews, TX

UPDATE (November 15, 2022): The victim of this accident has been identified as 87-year-old Soledad Rodriguez Gonzalez.

Andrews, TX — November 9, 2022, fatalities were reported after a semi-truck allegedly fled a crash on State Highway 176 near Andrews.

Authorities say the incident happened around 12:30 p.m. on Highway 176 near FM 1788. Preliminary investigation suggests an eastbound Ford Expedition tried to pass a semi-truck ahead of it, but the big rig changed lanes while the SUV was next to it. The two collided and the Ford overturned, ejecting a passenger. After the impact the truck left the scene without stopping.

The ejected passenger died in the accident. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation is ongoing as DPS seeks the runaway truck, which police say had a white cab and was hauling 4-5 large pipes on a flatbed trailer. It may have left side damage and red paint on it after transfer from the passenger vehicle.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Soledad Rodriguez Gonzalez Hit-and-Run near Andrews

Many people feel like hit-and-run accidents are difficult, even impossible, to solve--even when the vehicle that flees is as large and conspicuous as an 18-wheeler. It's important not to lose hope, though; even months after a crash, someone may connect the dots and come forward to help.

In a recent case, for example, a family came to us after their loved one was fatally hit by an 18-wheeler. The trucker fled the scene and authorities couldn't find enough information to identify the truck or a suspect. To help out we circulated all the known details and developments through the blog, and a couple eventually contacted us saying they witnessed the crash first-hand.

It turns out they saw what happened, followed the truck, wrote down its company information and license plate, and only stopped because the trucker tried to run them off the road. They went to the police with what they had but somehow the information got misplaced and no one ever followed up. When that effort bore no fruit, the couple contacted us and we made sure the information was put to use.

Soledad Rodriguez Gonzalez Killed in Hit-and-Run on SH 176 near Andrews, TX

Thanks to them the runaway truck driver (who it turned out was high on meth when he fled) answered for his actions. Moreover, his employer was held properly accountable for the damage he caused and the victim's family got some much-needed help and closure.

That's something of a best-case scenario, but it's possible that similar efforts here could yield positive results. If someone witnessed the wreck or even just saw a damaged truck hauling pipes soon afterward, they could still come forward. Investigators can then find out more about what caused the crash and who's responsible. I'm sure they're doing their best to resolve this, but maybe independent efforts would also help move things forward.

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