• November 16, 2022

Eduardo Rosales Killed by 18-Wheeler on Rigsby Ave in San Antonio, TX

UPDATE (November 29, 2022): Sources have identified the pedestrian involved in this accident as 34-year-old Eduardo Garcia Rosales.

UPDATE (November 17, 2022): Investigators later found witnesses who told them they saw the victim climb out of a small space on top of the cab of the Peterbilt big rig that hit him, where he may have been stowing away. He climbed down from the truck while it was stopped at a light and was moving away from it when it rolled forward. The victim was caught by the cab's tandem wheels and run over.

San Antonio, TX — November 15, 2022, a man was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on Rigsby Avenue in San Antonio.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:00 p.m. on the 5300 block of Rigsby near Bermuda Avenue. Preliminary information suggests only that a man of unknown age was pronounced dead at the scene after an accident that involved an 18-wheeler. Witnesses gave police conflicting accounts as to whether the man was hit by the truck or was already under it and somehow got dragged toward the intersection.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Eduardo Rosales Accident on Rigsby Ave

UPDATE (November 17, 2022): The additional details from police make this incident a little more mysterious, but no matter where the man climbed out of or whether he was stowing away the truck still apparently hit him. It doesn't sound like the driver realized what was going on as he waited at the light, but I feel there are still outstanding questions about how a person climbed off his truck's roof and down to the ground without attracting the driver's attention. If a life could have been spared by someone being a little more focused on their surroundings, there may be questions about why things didn't go that way. I just hope investigators considered all the variables here.

ORIGINAL: Right now police are still trying to figure out the basics of what happened here, and it sounds like witness accounts don't entirely line up. Their statements can still be compared to see where the details overlap, but it's usually best to search for something more objective--forensic accident reconstruction data, video recordings from nearby businesses or traffic cameras, and other more concrete sources of information.

Eduardo Rosales Killed by 18-Wheeler on Rigsby Ave in San Antonio, TX

I hope local authorities plan to take the time and care needed to make sense of this tragic incident. It's not even clear at this point whether the truck remained at the scene (though it doesn't exactly sound like it), but whether this was a hit-and-run or not is just one detail of many that still need to be clarified.

At the very least that man's loved ones deserve to know the whole story of their terrible loss. Who will get it for them?

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