Joey Socia Killed in Truck Accident in Houston, TX
Houston, TX -- February 14, 2023, Joey Socia was killed following an accident where a tow truck crashed with a box truck.
Initial details about the crash indicated that the accident happened at around 3:20 p.m. along the 6200 block of North Sam Houston Parkway East. It appears that Joey Socia was a tow truck operator traveling westbound along Sam Houston. The tow truck apparently swerved to avoid hitting a stopped vehicle but ended up crashed into the back of a box truck. That truck then crashed with a Chevy Tahoe.
Due to the collision, Socia sustained fatal injuries. The drivers of the box truck and Tahoe were injured. Their current condition is unclear. Right now, authorities have not released any additional details. But there are some statements out there from the public which I think are worth noting.
One person I saw talking about the crash actually called Mr. Socia a "hero". That person, identifying themselves as Todd Covart, said they were behind Mr. Socia prior to the collision and saw him swerve to avoid a stopped vehicle. Then, he said the tow truck swerved to avoid a car next to him so as "to not injure anyone else."
I certainly can't confirm any of these statements, but if they're true, that doesn't really sound like some irresponsible, inattentive driver. It sounds like a professional who knows how to handle their vehicle. The only reason I say this is because a lot of people see a rear-end collision and automatically assume that driver is to blame. That's possible, obviously, but there could be extenuating circumstances here authorities have yet to talk about. These early details are far from telling the full story, after all, so it would be best if folks avoided jumping to conclusions and instead focused on ensuring the victims and families involved here know they're getting all the facts.