• May 23, 2017

Wyona Clardy Dies after Tow Truck Accident in Keller, TX

Keller, TX -- May 20, 2017, Wyona Clardy died as the result of injuries sustained in an accident where her vehicle was hit by a tow truck.

Investigating authorities reported that the initial accident happened on May 5 at around 9:30 p.m. It took place at the intersection of US Highway 377 and Keller Parkway.

According to officials, a line of vehicles were waiting at a red light at the intersection. 62-year-old Clardy was an occupant of the rear-most vehicle. As traffic waited, they were suddenly struck from behind by a tow truck driven by 52-year-old Gary Randall Dilworth.

Clardy was critically injured and taken to a hospital for intensive care. She remained in critical condition for two weeks before finally succumbing to fatal injuries in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 20. Other injuries resulting from the accident are unclear.

Dilworth was found to be intoxicated after the accident and was arrested on a charge of intoxication assault as well as possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. His current charges were not specified.

Additional details are currently unavailable.

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Commentary

How long are trucking companies going to keep hiring drivers with a history of drug addiction problems? Sure, sometimes the employee might be good at hiding it, but most addicts I've come across over the years aren't able to keep it under wraps, at least not well enough that a simple background check wouldn't uncover it. So why do so many trucking companies end up hiring people with a risk of causing these kinds of accidents? Are they simply not looking hard enough? Are they not properly trained to spot these kinds of people?

Often, a trucking company in these situations will say, "Hey we're not at fault--the driver's drug test came back clear when we hired them." The thing is that supervision doesn't stop after a drug test--it's an ongoing process of evaluation and oversight. Frankly, trucking companies are gambling that the truck driver's issue with illegal substances isn't going to come back on them. The issue with this is that they aren't just gambling with their profits and reputation; they're gambling with the lives of innocent people that share the roads with their drivers.

Until the cost of putting these dangerous drivers behind the wheel of commercial vehicles becomes too high, trucking companies will continue to behave this way, and innocent people will continue to suffer for it. It's vital that the truck driver in these kinds of accidents is held accountable for their actions, but it's also important the trucking company is forced to answer for theirs.

--Grossman Law Offices

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