Salvador Rivera Killed by 18-Wheeler on US-67 in Cabot, AR
Cabot, AR -- April 25, 2022, 21-year-old pedestrian Salvador Rivera was killed by a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 67 in Lonoke County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:45 a.m. on US-67 North near Exit 19. Preliminary investigation suggests Rivera was walking north in the Number 1 lane of the roadway when a Freightliner semi-truck approached from the south and struck him under unknown circumstances.
Rivera suffered fatal injuries in the collision. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Salvador Rivera Accident on US-67 in Cabot
Put bluntly, it's not common for someone to be hit on a major highway without being in the wrong place at the wrong time--particularly in the dark of night. However, it'd be irresponsible to simply assume the victim did something wrong without letting the objective facts of the accident speak for themselves. Even if a highway is typically dangerous for pedestrians, there may have been extenuating circumstances that made this particular incident more avoidable than usual. Is that area lit up in any way at night? Was the victim wearing light clothing, reflective strips, or any lights to make them more visible to approaching vehicles? Was the truck driver awake, alert, and watching the road? Were other vehicles able to avoid the victim without difficulty before the truck came along? Investigating questions like these could show there's a lot more to this situation than initial reports would suggest.