Anthony Filardo Killed in Crash with Dump Truck on I-695 in Anne Arundel County, MD
Anne Arundel County, MD -- May 18, 2022, 33-year-old Anthony Filardo was killed in a crash with a dump truck on Interstate 695 in Anne Arundel County.
Authorities say the incident happened around midnight on I-695 near Exit 3B to Maryland Route 2. Preliminary investigation suggests a dump truck was loaded with materials at an active work zone around the exit ramp. The dump truck is believed to have gone the wrong way up the closed exit ramp and turned right onto the beltway. It was unable to complete the turn and started to reverse for more clearance when Filardo approached in a Lexus vehicle and crashed into the dump truck's rear tires. After the impact the Lexus veered into the concrete median barriers.
Filardo was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police suspected the 33-year-old dump truck driver, Nathaniel Ingram, of being intoxicated. Ingram reportedly blew a .11 into a breathalyzer and was arrested on charges of negligent vehicular manslaughter, criminal negligent vehicular manslaughter, negligent vehicular homicide while driving under the influence of alcohol, vehicular homicide while driving under the impairment of alcohol and related traffic offenses.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Anthony Filardo Accident on I-695 in Anne Arundel County
It seems from reports as though the dump truck driver made some grievous errors in judgment, possibly while intoxicated. The end result of those choices was the loss of an innocent man's life, and now the truck driver faces serious consequences.
Some may consider that more or less the end of the matter--a bad actor facing repercussions. However, while that may bring some moral satisfaction to the victim's loved ones it may do little to help them with the hardships his absence may create. Distasteful though it may be to consider, accidents like this often rob a family of a source of income they're accustomed to. Losing someone they love is already a terrible blow, but it's often followed with more difficulties as they try to figure out how they'll afford the costs of living going forward.
After reading the published details of the crash some may feel that the dump truck driver's employer would have little choice but to help the victim's family, considering the devastation their employee created. Under the legal principle of respondeat superior, or "let the master answer," companies are often on the hook for any injuries their employees cause in the course and scope of their duties. However, the other side of that is those companies aren't automatically obligated to admit fault and typically they won't do so without a great deal of legal "convincing."
That might prove especially difficult here because the accident happened in Maryland. The Old Line State is one of just four that use an outdated and unfair system of liability called pure contributory negligence. In a nutshell, this system says that an injured victim found at all responsible for their injuries has no case — even if they're just 1% at fault. That means if the trucking company can convince a jury the victim acted less than perfectly while approaching the dump truck on I-695, the case could be thrown out.
To those who feel the truck driver's criminal charges indicate fault, it's important to note that criminal guilt and civil liability are different matters. The driver's charges could make a compelling argument that he was primarily in the wrong, but once again the company only has to convince a Maryland jury that the victim could have done something--anything--differently. Fighting that isn't impossible, but to successfully pursue a claim the victim's loved ones would need an airtight case based on indisputable evidence.
Unfortunately police traffic divisions don't always have the time or resources to conduct the thorough investigation needed for such a case. That's why I often recommend that victims and families work with independent investigators to find the proof they need. At the very least a comprehensive investigation may bring clearer answers and some closure that a "by the book" police investigation can't.