• December 21, 2022

Edgar Mazariego Killed, Carmen Mazariego Injured in Semi-Truck Accident in Kingsland, GA; Denny Taylor Charged

Kingsland, GA -- November 2, 2022, Edgar Mazariego was killed due to an accident where a semi-truck allegedly went through a red light.

According to officials, the incident happened just before 6:00 a.m. at the intersection of State Highway 40 and the I-95 southbound ramp.

It appears that 47-year-old Edgar Mazariego and his wife Carmen were in a Toyota Prius with their daughter traveling through the intersection. As they turned onto I-95, police say that a semi-truck went through a red light, crashing into the Prius.

Due to the collision, Edgar Mazariego sustained fatal injuries. Carmen was said to be in serious condition following the crash. The condition of their daughter was not made clear.

As of December 18, authorities have arrested the semi-truck driver. They identified him as 54-year-old Denny O'Dell Taylor. Taylor faces charges for second-degree vehicular homicide and running a red light. Authorities say further charges are possible. Additional details are unavailable at this time.

Commentary on Edgar Mazariego, Carmen Mazariego Semi-Truck Accident in Kingsland

To be rather frank, if these initial allegations are true, it doesn't surprise me to see authorities leave open the door for additional charges. Why is that?

Looking at the rules surrounding what makes vehicular manslaughter first or second degree in Georgia, it would appear running a red light meets the threshold for second degree vehicular manslaughter. First degree would involve things including but not limited to driving while intoxicated, fleeing police, or fleeing the scene of a crash. But why do I bring all of this up?

Edgar Mazariego Killed, Carmen Mazariego Injured in Semi-Truck Accident in Kingsland, GA; Denny Taylor Charged

To be clear, any potential charges or consequences resulting from them are not my place to comment on, as that's between the victims, the accused, and the authorities. However, I consistently talk on this blog about the importance of knowing why a truck wreck happened. It's possible that looking into why someone ran a red light could show there were serious issues that led to them doing so, and it could even show there are factors which criminal charges alone can't fully address.

That's why it irks me how many times I've seen authorities and even less experienced attorneys just take the initial details and run with them without looking further into things. I know how important it is that families know they're getting all the facts due to how many times I and my team have conducted further investigations into similar incidents only to find that one mistake was actually the result of more serious issues that others failed to address. Someone running a red light can be due to truck drivers on their phones, driving poorly maintained vehicles, alcohol or drugs, speeding, driving with suspended licenses, driving long hours due to reckless and greedy employers, and all kinds of other avoidable mistakes.

At the end of the day, it's not about taking the most obvious explanation and running with it. It's about ensuring a grieving family gets the full story. Whatever comes next, there should at least be steps taken to ensure that the consequences are appropriate and that the right people are held fully accountable. Are those steps being taken here?

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