Randolph Kearby Killed, 1 Injured in Cement Truck Accident in Allen County, IN
Allen County, IN -- May 19, 2022, Randolph Kearby was killed and one person was injured following an accident where a cement truck and an SUV crashed.
According to reports, officials said that the crash took place at around 4:00 p.m. in the area of US 27 outside of Fort Wayne.
Investigators reported that 68-year-old Randolph Kearby was in an SUV and attempting to cross US 27 lanes. While doing so, a cement truck crashed into the SUV.
Due to the collision, Kearby reportedly succumbed to fatal injuries. The cement truck driver had unspecified injuries. Additional details about the accident are unavailable at this time.
Commentary on Randolph Kearby Cement Truck Accident in Allen County
There isn't really much information about what happened here. Reports say the victim was "crossing" highway lanes and "failed to see" the cement truck. The implication seems to be that the victim failed to yield. Maybe that's what happened--I certainly don't want to suggest I know more than what's in these initial reports. However, it's important to know all of the facts. Even when things seem straight-forward, there can be extenuating circumstances worth considering.
Let me give a bit of an extreme example from a crash I looked into a while back. In that case, a woman was in a car and went through a red light at a service road. As a result, an 18-wheeler t-boned her car. As open-and-shut as that seemed, more details came to light weeks later that made things more complex. It turned out that the 18-wheeler was going about 20 MPH over the speed limit at the time. That certainly wouldn't excuse someone running a red light, but 20 MPH in a fully loaded tractor-trailer can be the difference between moderate injuries and fatal injuries.
Again, I'm not saying that happened here. My point is that people often take early reports at face value despite the fact they're usually a small glimpse of the much larger picture. That's why it's so important to ensure there are thorough investigations into what happened so that nothing important slips through the cracks. Whether or not there are additional steps a victim's family can take after a crash like this, simply ensuring they get the answers they deserve should always be a priority.