• December 29, 2022

Blake Coronel Killed in Truck Accident on SH 123 in Guadalupe County, TX

Guadalupe County, TX — November 22, 2022, 29-year-old Blake Coronel died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on State Highway 123 in Guadalupe County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:05 a.m. on SH 123 near mile marker 474. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner semi-truck was towing a trailer east on a private drive when it stopped at Highway 123. The driver pulled forward to turn left onto the northbound highway but allegedly failed to yield to Coronel in a southbound Isuzu box truck. The Isuzu crashed into the left side of the turning big rig and became partially wedged beneath it.

Coronel was pronounced dead at the scene. The Freightliner driver was unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

It's always terrible to read about another life cut short in a traffic accident, let alone one cause by alleged professional negligence. Just about everyone knows to yield to cross-traffic before turning, so I can't help but wonder what kept a trained truck driver from doing so. Was it just a momentary poor decision that took an awful toll, or is there more to it? Are sightlines blocked at the intersection? Was anything wrong or defective in either truck? Cloudy weather and wet roads were mentioned by investigators; did they have anything to do with the collision?

The point isn't to overcomplicate things or make accusations, just to find the whole story. That's an important step after any collision, and the loss of a young man's life in this one should be explained as fully as possible for the people who lost him. They deserve every answer they can get, so will police take the time and care needed to deliver them?

Blake Coronel Killed in Truck Accident on SH 123 in Guadalupe County, TX
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