• December 05, 2022

One Killed, John Laurence Kimmel Injured in Truck Accident on FM 1585 in Hockley County, TX

UPDATE (January 3, 2022): I wanted to look back at this unusual crash and find out if there were more details available. Unfortunately, new details show that the driver of the semi truck passed away due to their injuries. That person still has yet to be named. Details suggest the driver of the pickup and involved was 59-year-old John Laurence Kimmel. At this time, it remains unclear how serious Kimmel's injuries were.

As I mentioned in my original commentary below, it's important to figure out exactly what led to the injuries here and to avoid jumping to conclusions. If authorities aren't asking the right questions, then they may still be overlooking something important those involved here deserve to know.

Hockley County, TX -- December 3, 2022, two people were injured due to an accident where a semi-truck and a pickup collided on FM 1585.

One Killed, John Laurence Kimmel Injured in Truck Accident on FM 1585 in Hockley County, TX

Authorities said that the crash happened at around 11:00 a.m. in the Arnett area. It appears that a semi-truck was pulling into the FM 1585 and Chickadee Road intersection. Doing so, a pickup pulling a trailer crashed into it.

The semi driver was said to have incapacitating injuries due to the crash. The pickup driver had injuries said to be minor. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Truck Accident on FM 1585 in Hockley County

To be frank, it's unusual to see a crash like this where the commercial truck driver is worse for wear. It concerns me as that could be a sign authorities are missing something important. Perhaps something occurred which would reasonably explain this disparity, such as the truck overturning. However, it's also possible something unusual went wrong, such as a faulty airbag or seatbelt, the truck caving in too easily, a fire, a medical emergency, a cargo shift, etc. It's even possible the injuries weren't so disparate, and the pickup driver was also seriously injured, but authorities simply misreported the facts. I've seen just about every mistake and oversight happen after a commercial vehicle wreck, which is why I know how important it is never to take details like these at face value. There's no telling what more thorough investigations may uncover.


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