Information contained in a DPS accident report released Monday shows that Karnes City resident Tyler Roy Bryan, 22, was walking northward in the southbound lane of the highway wearing dark clothing on a dark night at about 7:52 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21 when an 18-wheeler truck loaded with flammable liquid driving southbound in the southbound lane struck him head-on with the front left part of the truck.
The collision happened near the middle of the southbound lane on State Highway 123 about one tenth of a mile north of the intersection of the highway and E. Riddleville Street, near the northern city limits of Karnes City.
The truck, which was owned by Mission Petroleum Carriers of Houston, was being driven by Jimmy Louis Maciel, 40, of Eagle Pass.
Bryan was facing the truck when he was struck, the report states. Maciel steered to the right in an effort to avoid the collision, but was unable to avoid striking the man.
According to the report, Bryan’s failure to yield the right of way to the truck was a contributing factor in the accident and the fact that Bryan had been drinking, in the investigator’s opinion, may also have contributed to the cause of the accident.
Bryan was transported by AirLife helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio for treatment of incapacitating injuries sustained as a result of the collision. The truck was towed from the scene of the accident to a Mission Petroleum yard in Three Rivers.
A spokesperson for University Hospital told The Karnes Countywide Monday that Bryan had been discharged from the hospital since the accident.