We at Keeptruckingsafe.org send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the drivers we lost in 2019. We believe every worker deserves to go home safe each night. It is always hard to find the right words to talk about losing members of our community. These men worked to provide for their families and transport the goods that keep America strong. We truly appreciate and respect the hard work trucking professionals do each day. We hope that by keeping safety as part of the daily conversation, we can contribute to the end of trucking-related deaths in Washington State.

Below we have listed each truck driver in order of date of death. If we could find an obituary, it is included. Please use the comments to pay your respects to these drivers. We did our best to include obituaries, but were unable to find some. If you are aware of any we missed, add them to the comments.

Gone too soon are:

James Hayward, 67, Truck Driver

Died: January 4, 2019

Mr. Hayward was driving a semi-truck on an icy interstate highway when his truck was involved in a multi-vehicle collision.

Derick Abshire, 33, Truck Driver

Died: March 14, 2019

Mr. Abshire parked his semi-truck trailer in a roadway turnout and got out of his truck to tarp his load. As he was doing this, he fell backwards and was run over by the tires of a passing semi-truck and trailer.

Hai Feng Lou, age undetermined, Truck Driver

Died: July 29, 2019

Mr. Feng Lou was loading his trailer with freight when the truck started to roll forward. He fell under the truck’s wheels and was crushed.

Steven Harshman, 64, Truck Driver

Died: July 31, 2019

Mr. Harshman pulled his semi-truck onto the shoulder of an interstate highway. He exited the cab and went under the truck to make repairs. As he was doing this the truck rolled over him.


Marvin Vansickel, 80, Truck Driver

Died: September 30, 2019

Mt. Vansickel died when his semi-truck with a double trailer left a state highway when he missed a curve.

Leopoldo Parra Núñez, 42, Truck Driver

Died: October 9, 2019

Mr. Parra Núñez was employed at a potato farm when he was shot by a coworker during an argument.


Hector Medrano, 60, Truck Driver

Died: October 11, 2019

Mr. Medrano was driving a semi-truck with two trailers downhill along a state highway when the truck’s brakes failed. He attempted to guide the truck onto a runaway truck ramp, but instead his truck crashed into several trees.


Robert Smith, 58, Log Truck Driver

Died: November 8, 2019

Mr. Smith died when his truck left a logging road and struck a tree.

Lakwinder Singh, 30, Truck Driver

Died: December 15, 2019

Mr. Singh was outside his truck parked on the shoulder of an interstate highway when a vehicle struck him.

Thank you to Randy Clark and the Washington State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program for providing the data.

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