Joe Masterson Killed in FedEx Truck Accident in Milton, WA
UPDATE (September 19, 2022): In recent statements, police say they do not plan to file charges against the truck driver as originally reported. They said it appeared the truck driver, initially accused of being impaired, was not impaired. No further information is available at this time.
Milton, WA -- February 15, 2022, Joe Masterson was killed due to an accident where a possibly impaired FedEx truck driver hit Masterson along the shoulder.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 6:15 a.m. along the side of I-5 in the area of Porter Way.
Officials said that 49-year-old Joe Masterson was along the side of the interstate outside of his tow truck. While on the shoulder securing the vehicle on the tow truck, authorities said that a FedEx truck went onto the shoulder and hit Masterson.
Due to the collision, Masterson succumbed to fatal injuries. Authorities say that the FedEx driver showed signs of impairment. Officials arrested the FedEx truck driver for suspicion of DUI, and charges for vehicular manslaughter are pending.
Commentary on Joe Masterson FedEx Truck Accident in Milton
According to updates, there aren't going to be any charges here. Maybe that will change, or perhaps initial reports were just way off, and this was actually just an unavoidable tragedy. It's why I tell folks to take early reports with a grain of salt, no matter how damning. That said, police not filing charges here does not necessarily mean no one did anything wrong.
It may simply mean authorities don't feel they can file charges. I have had many cases where someone was let off the hook criminally, yet thorough investigations were still able to prove they were responsible for negligence leading to a serious accident. Perhaps continued investigations could show the same, here.