DALLAS — In a new report obtained by News 8, investigators place blame for last month's deadly crash on LBJ Freeway on a dump truck driver.
In the chaos of the accident on the morning of September 10, few emergency responders knew how the dump truck ended up on the median of the highway, crushing two other vehicles.
Later that day, officials said that the two people riding in the car wedged underneath the truck's front tires — T.D. and Charlyne Mullikin of Trophy Club — died at the scene.
In the vehicle smashed under the truck's back wheels, Daniel Cerean of Garland came incredibly close to losing his life.
"If I would have been moved an inch either way, I would have been dead," Cerean said one day after the accident.
There wasn’t much information about the driver of the dump truck after the crash, other than that he wasn’t hurt. But in the accident report, we’ve learned more about the teenager who was behind the wheel.
The 19-year-old was employed by Rizo Trucking. The company’s listed address is a home in Garland, where there was no answer Wednesday evening. Phone calls to the company number were not returned.
Witnesses quoted in the accident report say the truck was westbound in the far right lane of LBJ when it swerved, hit the two cars, and landed on the median.
The driver told police he was going about 60 miles per hour when a car pulled in front of him and he lost control.
But investigators have a slightly different version of what they believe happened, saying the driver failed to control his speed in the narrow lanes of the LBJ Express construction zone. When traffic slowed, he took faulty evasive action, improperly braking, and steering to the left.
The driver is not facing any charges in this case, although it's possible a grand jury could still consider that possibility.
Members of the Mullikin family told News 8 they have no comment on the report.
Daniel Cerean is recovering from his injuries and is working with an attorney.