On late Tuesday night, near the Robertson-Milam County line, a car and a large truck collided on a rural Texas road. The two people that died in the accident have since been identified as Gerald Steward-Dykes, who was 29-years-old, and Jaylon Dykes, who was 8-years-old. The third passenger in the car, Torilynn Thomas, was taken to the hospital in critical condition. However, the driver of the truck, Brian Ritter, did not sustain any injuries.
The crash occurred on Highway 79 when the driver of the car attempted to make a U-turn, but steered into the path of the oncoming 18-wheeler.
According to KBTX-TV, the truck belonged Sander Farms.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of people involved in motor vehicle accidents every year in the United States:
• In 2013, there were a total of 3,964 people who were killed in accidents with large trucks.
• In the same year, there were 493 fatal accidents involving large trucks in Texas, which was the highest number of fatal accidents involving large trucks of any state that year.
• Additionally, an estimated 95,000 people were injured during 2013 due to large truck accidents.