Catarino Perez Dies in Highway 59 18-wheeler Accident

A man died after his car was struck by an 18-wheeler on Highway 59 Tuesday morning.

The accident occurred at around 6:20 a.m. in front of BJ’s Farms on U.S. Highway 59 north. According to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper David Hendry, a log truck was entering U.S. Highway 59 from FM 2782 when its driver failed to yield right-of-way and collided with  2000 Toyota car.

The car, driven by Catarino Perez, 56, went beneath the 18-wheeler truck after it hits its rear axle. The car was on the right lane of southbound Highway 59 north when the accident happened, Hendry said.

The log truck’s driver, identified as Jerome Charez Bryant, 37, of Garrison, was not physically injured in the wreck.

Perez was taken to Gipson Funeral Home in Lufkin.