• May 27, 2022

Lori Ann Utecht Injured in 18-Wheeler Hit-and-Runs on I-90 in Winona, MN

Winona County, MN -- May 25, 2022, 59-year-old Lori Ann Utecht was injured when her vehicle was sideswiped twice by tractor-trailers on I-90 in Winona County.

According to reports the incident happened Wednesday as Utecht was traveling east on the highway in a Chevrolet Trax. For unknown reasons her vehicle was sideswiped on both sides by separate 18-wheelers, both of which continued eastward without stopping after the collisions.

Utecht, who was wearing a seat belt, reportedly suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a La Crosse hospital.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Lori Ann Utecht Accident on I-90 in Winona County

It's pretty shameful to read that not one but two professional truck drivers hit a civilian vehicle between them and then rode off into the sunset without another thought. It seems only right that that pair of them be located and answer for what the hell even ran through their minds to make them feel justified in leaving the scene.

Some would likely argue that one or both didn't even realize they hit anyone. I know that a big rig is a bulky, noisy machine, but people need to realize that part of a trucker's job is being aware of what's going on around them. Some people may dart into spaces around big rigs in a risky way, but no mention was made of that behavior here. It's hard for me to believe that two professional drivers both utterly failed to notice an SUV (a compact one, but still not exactly a Smart Car) between them--especially after the loud crunch when hitting it.

Lori Ann Utecht Injured in 18-Wheeler Hit-and-Runs on I-90 in Winona, MN

All I'm saying is that the truck drivers should be found and their input considered when deciding what kind of thing we're looking at here. I'm hardly suggesting capital punishment, but I really shouldn't get much pushback from saying it's not okay to leave a crash scene. It's important to find out why trained professionals did that, so locating them and learning more is paramount.

One of the best steps one can take in these situations is simply to keep these reports and any new developments in the public eye. Police didn't offer many descriptive details about either truck, but if that changes as the investigation continues then making sure those details reach the public is critical. I had a case not long ago where someone saw our reports about a truck hit-and-run and came forward to identify the driver. Of all people, it was the driver's girlfriend that finally did the right thing. She testified that he left the scene because he was on drugs and didn't want police to know.

I'm definitely not accusing either of the truck drivers in Minnesota of being on drugs. I'm only saying that the injured victim deserves some resolution after being hurt and that will probably take concerted effort from both authorities and the community. If everyone works together I'm confident justice can and will be done.

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