The driver of a red Kenworth tractor-trailer truck was traveling southbound near 2500 Eastex Freeway when, unknown to him, a male jumped onto or climbed on top of the trailer. The male then began dancing and possibly recording himself, according to Houston Police.
He recorded the last moments of his life, all for a moment of popularity
Houston police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred at Eastex Freeway, aka North U.S. Highway 59, about 11:35 a.m. on November 10. The identity of the deceased male, 25, is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant K. Harris and Officer J. Campbell reported:
As the 18-wheeler passed underneath the Tuam Street bridge, the male was struck and knocked off the trailer onto the freeway main lanes. Houston Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported the male to Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center, where he was later pronounced deceased. The driver of the 18-wheeler was determined not to be impaired and was questioned and released.
The investigation is continuing.
The fab of hiding in truck blind spots and hitching a ride is not something new, but needs to stop
This is not a new fad, but something that has been “trending” since last year. Late September of 2021 was infamous for the video linked above of a man holding onto the arm of a mirror going at highway speeds along I-275 in Atlanta.
Atlanta’s MARTA bus system was targeted by people hopping on to the backs of buses and hitching a ride across the metroplex. Truckers were also targeted, with multiple videos of vagrants jumping on trailers and using shopping carts to get rides, as seen in this video from the United Kingdom.