• April 15, 2019

Shavonne McDowell Killed, Marvin Magana, 1 Injured in Cedarville Township, OH, Truck Accident

Cedarville Township, OH -- April 12, 2019, Shavonne McDowell was killed and Marvin Magana and another person were injured after a truck accident.

Officials with the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to the crash site at around 3:00 p.m. They say it happened just off the intersection of Wilberforce Clifton Road and Cedarville Yellow Springs Road.

Initial reports claimed that 25-year-old McDowell's car crossed the center line on a curve, putting her vehicle in the path of an oncoming box truck. As a result, the two vehicles collided head-on.

McDowell sustained fatal injuries in the crash and died at the scene. The driver of the truck, 28-year-old Magana, and a passenger in the truck were taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police have yet to release additional details surrounding the crash.

Commentary

I'm concerned any time I read about a crash like this whether or not the story reported in the news is based off clear evidence from the scene. News footage shows that the box truck involved here is stopped along the left side of the road rather than the right. To be clear, the truck easily could have been moved there or perhaps ended up there as a result of the collision. But past experience makes me wonder, did the car really cross over like police say, or did something else happen?

A few years ago, I litigated a case where initial reports said the driver of a car crossed into oncoming traffic and hit an 18-wheeler head-on. The police based their reports on the end position of the vehicles as well as a statement from the surviving truck driver. As usual, we made sure that an experienced accident reconstructionist went out and examined the debris and markings on the scene to rebuild the circumstances leading up to the collision. The evidence the investigator gathered told a much different story.

It turns out the 18-wheeler initially drifted left of center, entering the victim's lane. Since it was a narrow road with no shoulder, the victim swerved left to avoid the collision. Realizing he drifted over the center line, the 18-wheeler driver swerved back into his original lane where he then collided head-on with the victim's car. Ultimately, the facts told a much different story than police reports.

To be clear, I'm not saying that happened here. It could be police have clear evidence to support these initial accounts of the crash. However, I've found that when someone dies in a crash, their family deserves to know the full story. If an experienced accident reconstructionist hasn't looked into the details surrounding this wreck yet, then they need to as soon as possible. Whether their findings confirm police reports or unveil new information, those affected by the crash deserve the truth.

--Grossman Law Offices

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