• January 11, 2023

Daniel Chapa Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident on Highway 44 near Agua Dulce, TX

UPDATE (January 12, 2023): The victim of this crash has been identified as 30-year-old Daniel Chapa.

Agua Dulce, TX — January 11, 2023, one person was killed when a car and a tractor-trailer collided on State Highway 44 in the Agua Dulce area.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly after 5:30 a.m. on Highway 44, close to the Nueces/Jim Wells County line. Preliminary investigation suggests a semi-truck was traveling in the inside lane of the highway when the driver slowed to turn through a crossover. A Honda Civic reportedly approached the truck from behind and rear-ended it.

The Honda driver was fatally injured in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

I'm certainly not coming down on law enforcement for not having a full explanation of events yet, but I don't think I'm alone in feeling the information so far is pretty lacking. A truck supposedly slowed to turn and a car hit it, but can that really be the whole story? How fast were they traveling, and how far apart were they before the truck slowed? Did the truck driver brake suddenly near the turn, or gradually with a signal as they approached it? Are there any lights in the area from streetlamps, businesses, or homes? Was the Honda driver in good health, and was the car in good repair?

That's just a handful of the details that need to be clarified. A man lost his life out there on the highway, and that warrants every effort to learn how and why. I have little doubt that the folks who lost someone dear to them here have urgent questions that need answers as soon as possible, so I hope authorities can explain what happened to their satisfaction.

Daniel Chapa Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident on Highway 44 in Agua Dulce, TX
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