Maria Cervantes Lopez Killed, Diego Cervantes, 1 Injured in Truck Accident in Rhome, TX
Wise County, TX — October 26, 2023, Maria Cervantes Lopez was killed and Diego Cervantes was injured following a truck accident at 8:47 p.m. along U.S. 287.
Authorities say that the accident happened in the area of the intersection of U.S. Highway 287 and County Road 4838.
According to officials, 66-year-old Maria Cervantes, 65-year-old Lopez Diego Cervantes, and a 54-year-old woman were in a Chevy Equinox going northbound along the highway. At the C.R. 4838 intersection, police say a westbound tractor trailer passed a sign saying trucks couldn't make a left turn, then passed through a stop sign onto northbound lanes toward the crossover. As it did so, the Equinox crashed into the tractor-trailer.
Due to the collision, it appears Maria Cervantes Lopez sustained fatal injuries. Diego Cervantes and the other person in the Equinox reportedly had incapacitating injuries. Authorities say they recommended the truck driver be charged with disregarding a traffic control device (apparently in regards to the sign forbidding trucks to turn left). Official details about potential charges are unclear right now.
If all the information I'm seeing right now is accurate, I'm just baffled that someone could be so reckless. Authorities mentioned the no left turn sign, but what about the stop sign? What about the driver apparently telling authorities two different claims about whether or not they saw the victims' headlights?
Furthermore, looking at the facility that authorities say the truck was coming from, was this truck driver an outlier, or were they simply one of many coming from the facility that would rather break the rules to turn left than go out of their way to turn around legally?
There are simply more questions than answers here, and I can only hope that's due to authorities not wanting to release everything they have to the public. Because if allegations in these statements are true, and authorities are only considering a single citation for disregarding a sign, would that really be a fair conclusion for what happened here?