• December 07, 2022

Tyran Williams, Dylan Young, Broderick Moore Killed in Truck Accident in Natchitoches, LA

UPDATE (January 23, 2023): In recent statements, authorities say that they arrested the truck driver allegedly involved in the deaths of Tyran Williams, Dylan Young, and Broderick Moore. Authorities claim that Clyde Gay faces three counts of negligent homicide because they allegedly found him to be intoxicated following the crash. Right now, additional details are still under investigation.

I wanted to follow up on this crash because for the last month there didn't appear to be any kind of update. I was concerned it wasn't getting enough attention, but it is at least encouraging now to see there are steps being taken to ensure there are consequences for the lives of three families being indescribably shattered. As serious as these potential consequences are, though, I still can't help but wonder if all aspects of the story are getting enough attention.

One thing to consider, for example, is the fact this was apparently a commercial truck. If the allegations the truck driver was intoxicated prove to be true, how foreseeable was that, and is there an employer here who could have stopped this awful event? With things like drugs and alcohol, it's not often a truck driver suddenly wakes up one day and decides to get high or drunk before work. More often than not, it's a persistent problem that an attentive employer will catch onto so they can take that person off the road before someone gets hurt. Clearly, those steps weren't taken here, but the victims' loved ones deserve to know why. One person facing charges may not be enough on its own if they weren't the only one whose mistakes led to the crash.

Tyran Williams, Dylan Young, Broderick Moore Killed in Truck Accident in Natchitoches, LA

Natchitoches, LA -- December 6, 2022, Tyran Williams, Dylan Young, and Broderick Moore were killed due to a semi-truck accident.

Investigators said that the incident happened Tuesday night north of town along I-49. Louisiana State Police identified the victims as 19-year-old Tyran Williams and 21-year-old Dylan Young, both from Dallas, and 19-year-old Broderick Moore of Cedar Hill, Texas, said to be members of the Southern University Human Jukebox Marching Band. They were in a Jeep traveling along the interstate when they stopped along the shoulder to change a tire.

While there, for reasons yet to be confirmed, a semi-truck drifted onto the shoulder and hit all three men. Williams, Young, and Moore all succumbed to fatal injuries. Police report no charges or citations at this time. Investigations are ongoing.

Commentary on Tyran Williams, Dylan Young, Broderick Moore Truck Accident in Natchitoches

So much devastation—so many lives turned upside down—all for what were likely entirely avoidable reasons. Don't get me wrong. Is it possible something completely unavoidable led to the truck going on the shoulder? Sure. But the most common scenario is that the driver was on their phone, fatigued, or otherwise doing something they shouldn't have been doing. As clear as that may seem, it's important to consider all-too-true saying that it's not about what you know; it's about what you can prove.

Allow me to give an example. I wasn't involved in this particular event, but it's a valuable lesson that I always comes to mind when reading about situations like this. There was a crash out in San Antonio some years back with very similar details to these; a man was changing a tire along the highway, and a truck veered onto the shoulder, hitting and killing the man. The facts seemed pretty darn clear, but the trucking company had their own clever explanation.

They blamed the crash on a faulty wheel rim from a Chinese manufacturer. There wasn't nearly as much evidence to support this as there was that the truck driver messed up, but somehow the team representing the victim's side of the story failed to actually preserve and utilize that evidence. So what happened? All said and done, the jury in that case put 100% of the blame on this supposed Chinese company—essentially putting responsibility on a phantom that would never see the inside of a court room and letting the trucking company off scot-free.

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Whatever led to this crash, tactics like that are always a risk following any commercial truck wreck. The more serious the crash, the more seriously victims and families must ensure their side of the story is being told properly. I'm interested to see if more information comes to light over the next few weeks which helps suggest those steps are being taken here.


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