UPDATE: Clarence Travis Killed in Semi-truck Accident in Schuyler Lake, NY
UPDATE: (March 30, 2020) Police have now identified the pedestrian killed in this incident as Clarence Travis, 47, of Exeter.
Schuyler Lake, NY -- March 25, 2020, A pedestrian died in an accident involving a tractor-trailer.
The events under investigation occurred around 2 pm on County Road 22.
According to information from local police referenced in media accounts, the semi-truck was traveling east on County Road 22 when it struck the pedestrian, who allegedly entered the path of the vehicle.
First responders transported the pedestrian to a local hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
If media reports are to be believed, the blame for this crash would pretty clearly be on the pedestrian, who's alleged to have entered the path of the semi-truck when they were hit. However, "if" is the key word in this sentence. There are really only two people who probably know for sure where this man was in relation to the road when he was hit. One is no longer with us, and the other, the truck driver, has no incentive to be honest if the man he hit was on the shoulder.
To be sure, it's entirely possible that these early reports are accurate, this man was walking without watching out for traffic, and there was nothing the driver could have done to avoid hitting him. But I'm hesitant to assume that that's the case just based on these early reports. Hopefully a fuller investigation will be establish more conclusively what actually happened here and whether the truck driver could have avoided the collision. Even if the only thing that accomplishes is giving his family closure, it's always better to know the truth than have to live with a painful uncertainty.