Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) reports that two friends, a 23-year-old Katy woman and a 24-year-old Houston man, lost their lives when they were struck by a tractor-trailer in Childress on Monday, July 3, 2017. The woman and man had been returning from a trip to Colorado Springs over the weekend when the big rig ran into the rear of the Ford Focus they had been riding in.
Family and friends of the pair had expected them to arrive back in town either late Monday night or, at the very latest, early Tuesday morning. When the two had still not returned home by daybreak on Tuesday, their families and friends became concerned.
After trying unsuccessfully to reach the pair all day, friends visited each of their homes. By evening, they had reported the pair as missing to police. They also posted a notice to social media. A day later, their friends’ families contacted them to let them DPS had informed them of their deaths.
According to the police report, it was approaching 10:00 p.m., and the pair had pulled over on the side of the road along U.S. 287 in Kirkland. They had begun having difficulties seeing as they drove along the two-lane highway as a windstorm had begun to blow sand all about.
It’s while pulled over on the shoulder that a semi-truck approached and crashed into the rear of the pair’s SUV. This, in turn, caused the pair’s vehicle to strike another big rig that had also pulled over in front of them.
A witness to the accident noted that the car was immediately crushed by the impact. The Ford then caught fire. Both victims were found deceased as emergency crews arrived on scene.
In circumstances such as this, where poor weather obstructs a driver’s ability to see what’s in front of them, it’s their responsibility to take the necessary precautions to drive as safely as possible. Had the trucker in this situation pulled over, there’s a chance that these two young people would still be here today.
Families of the victims in this case may eligible for reimbursement of funeral costs and other damages. By working with a Houston wrongful death attorney, they may be able to recover these expenses by filing a lawsuit against the trucker who’s responsible for striking the vehicle.
Source: Click 2 Houston, “Young friends from Houston area killed in Childress crash,” Sophia Beausoleil, July 06, 2017