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Report Says Truck Driver Was Reckless In Moments Before Fatal Texas Crash


According to a recent report issued by the Texas Department of Transportation, a 19-year-old dump truck driver made mistakes in the moments before a tragic accident on Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway that killed an elderly couple in September. According to police, the dump truck jumped the concrete barrier on the freeway near Marsh Lane, striking the elderly couple’s Lexus and trapping a Mazda underneath it as well. The elderly couple was killed in the collision and a third person suffered non-life-threatening injuries. If you have been injured in a trucking accident in Corpus Christi, or elsewhere in Texas, contact our personal injury lawyers at Bandas Law Firm today for legal help. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and medical bills, which you can pursue by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the person or party found to be at-fault in the wreck.


The dump truck involved in the fatal accident was registered to Rizo Trucking of Garland, Texas, and the driver was traveling through a construction zone when traffic slowed. According to the accident report, the driver, who was in the far right lane, took “faulty evasive action by improperly braking and steering to the left.” He lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the concrete barrier, pinning the Lexus and the Mazda underneath the dump truck. Tarleton Mullikin, 83, and Benna Mullikin, 81, were in the Lexus at the time of the accident and both were pronounced dead at the scene. The other trapped driver, Daniel Cerean, suffered minor injuries, and the drivers of two other cars involved in the wreck were not injured.


In the aftermath of the fatal car accident, a spokesperson for the LBJ Express construction project stated that, “though the investigation is ongoing, we can confirm that the trucking company involved is known to have been a subcontractor on the LBJ Express project.” It is unclear as yet whether the dump truck driver will be charged in connection with the two deaths. If you have suffered serious injuries in a Texas trucking accident, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal crash, consult our reputable attorneys at Bandas Law Firm to discuss your legal options. Our law firm is located in Corpus Christi, and our lawyers have extensive experience protecting the rights of car accident victims throughout the state of Texas. With our legal team on your side, you can seek fair and timely reimbursement for your injuries and medical expenses.