• May 31, 2022

Mary Roebuck Killed in Crash with Semi-Truck on OK-43 in Atoka County

Atoka County, OK — May 25, 2022, 81-year-old Mary Roebuck was killed in a collision with a semi-truck on State Highway 43 in Atoka County.

According to reports the incident happened around 10:30 p.m. on OK-43 near Stringtown. Aside from saying it was raising at the time of the wreck investigators didn't provide many details about what happened. All they said in reports was that Mary Roebuck was driving a passenger vehicle on the highway when she crashed with a commercial truck driven by Amir-Jamal Bufkin.

Roebuck suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Walton was unhurt.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Mary Roebuck Accident on OK-43 in Atoka County

There isn't a lot of information yet about how exactly this crash happened or what caused it. Since there's still so much detail and context missing, I hope no one tries to fill in the blanks for themselves.

To learn more about the wreck police still need to look into many of its possible factors: Possible driver mistakes like distraction or speeding, maybe, but also problems with the vehicles themselves, road conditions and design, visibility, lighting and sightlines, inclement weather, other traffic in the area, and many other elements that could have influenced or even caused the crash. Considering all the variables is an important part of any investigation.

As investigators keep working to connect those dots, making premature assumptions isn't a good idea. I've seen too many folks rush to judgment after reading just a few sentences in the news, only to completely change their minds after more information came to light. The same could happen here, though a "by the book" police investigation may not fully explain things either.

After a major accident--particularly one involving a commercial truck--I generally suggest an independent investigation to better ensure the whole truth is found. Whatever is learned, those affected deserve to know that every effort was made to bring them all the available answers. Any other actions beyond simply learning the truth would depend on what that turns out to be.

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