Paul Harold Lobb Jr. Killed in Truck Accident in Midlothian, TX
Midlothian, TX -- December 29, 2022, Paul Harold Lobb Jr. was killed as the result of an accident involving an 18-wheeler.
Authorities said that the crash happened at around 7:00 a.m. along US Highway 67 near Shiloh Road. It appears that 61-year-old Paul Lobb Jr. was in a Chevy Silverado traveling northbound along US 67. Prior to the collision involving Mr. Lobb, a witness allegedly told authorities that they believed that a truck along the shoulder, possibly without its lights on, seemed likely to enter their lane. Further, the witness reportedly estimated that the truck was only traveling at 10-15 mph before merging into the path of Mr. Lobb’s vehicle, resulting in a collision.
Due to the collision, Lobb sustained fatal injuries. Right now, it's unclear if any charges or citations are being considered. Since the news apparently hasn't given this awful event the attention it deserves, people may not realize why I would wonder that. But I've seen authorities pursue charges for actions less serious than what I've seen in the few details made public about this crash. There could be much more to the story, but it's important to consider what authorities are saying right now and what that could mean going forward.
Perhaps most apparent to me in these initial details are the claims of the truck possibly going well under the speed limit and maybe even without lights are more than a little concerning. If those claims are true, it could be a perfect example of why the old myth of someone automatically being at fault for rear-ending someone is so ridiculous.
I can't help but put myself in the shoes of the victim here based on the current public information, that is if those details prove to be accurate. I'm traveling at highway speeds early in the morning, the sun is barely coming up, and a 40-ton truck—possibly without its lights on—comes into my lane going just a fraction of the speed limit. Would I be able to avoid that collision even if I was doing everything right? Would anyone be able to? That's the question (just one, but an important one) that the victim's loved ones deserve an answer to.
Ultimately, a supposedly professional truck driver pulled into someone’s path, and current information claims that man died as a result. A truck driver responsible for something like that deserves a heck of a lot more than a slap on the wrist, but it's understandable why there may be concerns that won't happen. There isn’t a lot of news coverage on this crash, which only makes those concerns that much worse. Allegedly killing someone in such a fool-hardy manner should have repercussions, and there should at least be clarity on whether or not those steps are being taken here.