• November 21, 2022

Timothy Eckermann Killed in Collision with 18-Wheeler on I-35 in San Antonio, TX

UPDATE (November 22, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of this accident as 43-year-old Timothy Eckermann.

San Antonio, TX — November 18, 2022, one person died in a collision with the back of a tractor-trailer on Interstate 35 in Southwest San Antonio.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:45 p.m. along the 8700 block of southbound I-35. Preliminary investigation suggests a tow truck was reversing toward a disabled vehicle on the shoulder of the highway when an 18-wheeler merged left to avoid the area. A sedan traveling in the left lane slowed when the big rig merged, and a pickup truck slowed by remained in the right lane.

According to reports the victim's southbound Ford Focus approached the slowed vehicles and started to travel between them. The driver then attempted to pass the 18-wheeler on its right side but struck the back-right of the semi-trailer.

The Ford driver was fatally injured in the collision. No other injuries were reported.

The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.

Timothy Eckermann Killed in Truck Accident on I-35 in San Antonio, TX

Commentary on San Antonio Truck Accident on I-35

Authorities' preliminary findings suggest a risky passing maneuver that ended in tragedy. I have no specific reason to doubt them, but I wonder if anyone will find out whether there's more to the story. Little as I like saying it, many police investigations don't necessarily cover all the bases before reaching conclusions and moving on. They sometimes miss crucial details if they're improperly equipped or trained or if they're in a hurry to get somewhere else.

That's not meant to insult their hard work, only to say that in many cases it's best to have someone take another look and ensure nothing slipped through the cracks. The victim's loved ones deserve to know no stone was left unturned to get them the whole truth.

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