Royce Dedrick Brooks, from San Antonio, Texas, was killed instantly when a BMW crashed into the 18-wheeler he was driving. The truck accident occurred shortly after midnight on March 28, 2012, in Travis County near Texas 130 and Maha Loop. Brooks’ big-rig was loaded with gasoline. According to reports, the BMW failed to stop at a blinking red light and crashed into the tanker. Immediately upon impact, the truck flipped over and exploded into flames. Brooks died at the scene of the accident. He was 41 years old. The driver of the BMW, Hernan Garcia-Segura, suffered minor injuries. Segura was traveling with his mother, Alicia Garcia-Segura, who was in the car’s passenger’s seat. Due to a broken pelvis and a head injury, Ms. Segura was unable to escape from the vehicle on her own; however, Mr. Segura, despite his own injuries, managed to pull his mother to safety. The two were immediately rushed to University Medical Center Brackenridge.
Due to the truck’s explosion of gas, the roadway was closed for eight hours to clean the gasoline off the road. Further, the burning truck damaged the pavement and had to be resurfaced by the Texas Department of Transportation. The exploding truck was caught on camera by a police helicopter. Segura now faces charges of negligent homicide and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the fatal truck wreck. Although those whose negligent driving injures or kills another can face criminal charges for their actions, this alone doesn’t compensate the victims. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a Texas truck wreck, contact a top San Antonio truck wreck lawyer to discuss filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.