• April 11, 2022

Pedestrian Killed by Landscaping Truck on I-75 in Miami-Dade County, FL

Miami-Dade County, FL -- April 8, 2022, a male pedestrian was fatally injured after being struck by a landscaping truck on Interstate 75 in Miami-Dade County.

Authorities say the incident happened Friday along southbound I-75 near Miami Gardens Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests a commercial landscaping truck was traveling south on the roadway when the victim reportedly walked onto the highway and into its path for unknown reasons. The truck struck him in the travel lanes; its driver and the driver of a tractor-trailer behind it both remained at the scene after the accident.

The victim was airlifted to a regional trauma center were he was later pronounced dead. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Miami-Dade County Pedestrian Accident

Reports say the victim may have walked into the road as the truck approached. I have no specific reason to doubt that wording, but at the same time I discourage making any inferences or conclusions based on it. I understand what may come to mind after reading it, but will not address that out of respect for the victim's family and a distaste for speculation.

The only thing I'll say is I hope authorities won't leap to any hasty conclusions either. I have worked on some cases in which certain preliminary details--often no more than assumptions made based on how the scene was found--led officers to make premature conclusions that they refused to amend even when contradicting evidence came to light. Until possible factors like medical complications or potentially some form of impairment are rigorously investigated, it's still anyone's guess what might really have occurred in Florida. I mean no disrespect by bringing up either of those possibilities; I only mean to stress that extenuating circumstances must be considered to ensure the truth is found.

Pedestrian Killed by Landscaping Truck on I-75 in Miami-Dade County, FL

When folks (including investigators) jump to conclusions before all the facts are in, reports sometimes include mistakes or omissions and the general public doesn't know any better than to trust what they see there. That can create serious problems if a victim's family seeks answers after the fact, only to find their loved one was blamed for his own tragic injuries.

Ultimately the best thing to do, as always, is to conduct a careful and thorough investigation to ensure only true and accurate information makes it onto the reports. At the very least, the victim's loved ones deserve to know that every possibility was properly evaluated and all evidence was found before any conclusions were reached.


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