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Truck Driver Charged in Fatal Houston Crash

Destiny Baker3 years ago

Police have arrested a truck driver on drunk driving charges following a fatal accident in southwest Houston on Sunday.

Father of Four Killed in Fatal Trucking Accident

According to KTRK, father of four Adrian Garcia was killed Sunday night after being hit by a suspected drunk driver operating a tractor-trailer.

Investigators believe that the truck driver, Willie James Johnson, Jr., ran a red light at the intersection of Cook Road and Beecher Street and collided with Garcia’s Chevy Tahoe. Garcia was less than half a mile from his home when the accident occurred.

Johnson has been arrested on charges of intoxication manslaughter. Further investigation revealed that Johnson also has a criminal history.

Court records show that Johnson has previous convictions, including possession of illicit drugs, criminal mischief, evading arrest and having a weapon on school grounds.

Trucking Accident Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,921 people were killed and 104,000 people were injured in trucking accidents in 2012.
  • Roughly 73 percent of those killed in trucking accidents were occupants of other vehicles and 10 percent were non-occupants such as pedestrians and pedalcyclists.
  • 78 percent of fatal trucking accidents occurred on weekdays with 72 percent of those accidents occurring between the hours of 6:00 am and 5:59 pm.
  • Texas recorded 4,607 trucking accidents in 2012, 543 of which were fatal.
  • Crashes in Texas accounted for roughly 14.3 percent of all the trucking accidents recorded in the U.S. in 2012 – more than any other state. California was second to Texas, accounting for 6.4 percent.

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