Jeanne Wurth Killed in Truck Accident in Carneys Point Township, NJ
Carneys Point Township, NJ -- April 18, 2022, Jeanne Wurth was killed due to an accident where a truck hit Wurth along the NJ Turnpike.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 11:00 p.m. along the New Jersey Turnpike near milepost 1.
According to reports, 53-year-old Jeanne Wurth was along the shoulder on foot. In the main lanes was Wurth's disabled vehicle. A tractor-trailer coming upon the disabled vehicle swerved onto the shoulder to avoid the obstacle, hitting Wurth.
As a result of the collision, Wurth sustained fatal injuries. Right now, additional details about the accident are unavailable.
Commentary on Jeanne Wurth Truck Accident in Carneys Point Township
There seems to be a key detail not mentioned in these reports, and that's how visible the disabled vehicle was. At night, visibility is obviously an issue. However, disabled vehicles can still have working lights. If those lights were on, and other motorists were able to see and avoid the car, that could suggest the truck driver was doing something wrong.
I had this case not long ago where this issue came up. A tractor-trailer hit a disabled vehicle in the road, killing the person inside. The trucking company claimed that the vehicle's lights were off, so the truck driver had no way to see and avoid the collision. Now, if that were true, then it would certainly be ridiculous to hold the truck driver accountable for something they couldn't avoid. But through our work, we obtained court orders for video footage from the truck's dash cam and a camera inside the cabin. That's when the truth came to light.
From the video footage, the victim's car was clearly visible with its hazard lights on. The truck made no effort to slow down or move over. Why? Well, the footage from inside the cabin revealed the truck driver was too busy watching TV shows on his tablet. He looked up at the last second, but by then it was too late.
That video evidence was obviously crucial in getting that company to own up to their driver's mistakes and do right by the victim's loved ones. I certainly can't say if anything like that happened here. Like I said, this truly may have been an unavoidable case of wrong place, wrong time. That said, there's more than enough reason to investigate these possibilities thoroughly and get this person's loved ones the answers they deserve.