Scott Mindham Killed in Semi-Truck Accident on SR 80 in Iowa County, WI
UPDATE (May 19, 2022): Recent reports identified the man killed in the accident as 67-year-old Scott Mindham. Additional details surrounding the crash are unavailable at this time.
Iowa County, WI -- May 14, 2022, one person was killed due to an accident where a dump truck and a motorcycle collided on State Road 80.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 10:00 p.m. at the intersection of State Road 80/133 and County Road P.
Officials said that a motorcyclist was traveling along the road when, in a series of events unclear, the motorcycle crashed with a dump truck.
Due to the crash, the motorcyclist succumbed to fatal injuries. Right now, additional details about the accident are unavailable.
Commentary on Scott Mindham Semi-Truck Accident on SR 80 in Iowa County
It's not entirely unusual for there to be so few details available about a serious commercial truck wreck. However, waiting around for word from the authorities may not be as prudent as it sounds. The fact the crash involved a motorcyclist only raises further concerns about whether or not the incident is getting the attention it deserves.
Quite frankly, commercial truck wrecks are complex enough on their own. Motorcyclists, however, have a lot of biases surrounding them, which is why they usually need thorough independent investigations from professional accident reconstructionists who won't let negative preconceptions stand between them and the facts.
Police investigations, on the other hand, don't always carry with them the time, equipment, and training needed to let the facts speak for themselves. As a result, important details can slip through the cracks, and I've even seen many reports blame motorcyclists only for our investigations to show they did nothing wrong. It may be necessary to take similar steps here to ensure the right people are looking into this so the victim's loved ones at least know they're getting the full story.